Parties Upbeat, Hope Sharif Visit Will Help In Solving K-issue

24 May 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ehsan Fazili

Srinagar: As Pakistan accepted an invitation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend PM-elect Narendra Modi's swearing-in, political parties are upbeat about Kashmir-related developments that might figure in the talks. Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has already made it clear that he looks forward to 'revisiting Vajpayee policy'. He had led a series of negotiations with the Vajpayee government at the Centre during the NDA regime. He had also led a Hurriyat delegation to Pakistan via Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, after it was thrown open in 2005, for talks with the Pakistan leadership and those from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The trip to Pakistan by the Hurriyat was undertaken during the coalition government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of the PDP. The PDP and its arch-rival the National Conference have been in favour of a dialogue to pave way for resolution of the Kashmir issue, notwithstanding addressing the basic amenities and developmental works in the state. The ruling National Conference has also been in favour of the resolution of Kashmir issue to restore peace in the region, even as it seeks to resolve the issue with its grant of internal autonomy in the state. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had been in a 'state of disagreement' with Modi, is also appreciating the 'very first step' taken by Modi vis-à-vis Kashmir.