Hurriyat (M) Welcomes Resumption Of Indo-PaK Talks

4 March 2015
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) has welcomed resumption of talks between India and Pakistan and urged Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to take up Kashmir issue on the priority. 'Hurriyat (M) held a meeting of its Executive Council under the chairmanship of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today to discuss the prevailing political situation including the Foreign Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan,' a Hurriyat (M) spokesman said. The meeting was attended by executive members Prof. Ab. Gani Bhat, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Bilal Gani Lone, Mohammad Musadiq Adil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza. The Political Advisor Adv. Abdul Majid Banday was also present in the meeting. 'The APHC executive welcomed the renewed efforts by India and Pakistan to re-engage on the path of dialogue after a breakdown of diplomacy and a period of high tensions,' Hurriyat (M) spokesman said. Terming the meeting of India, Pakistan Foreign Secretaries a positive development, APHC executive said the conglomerate has always welcomed any step that might improve the relationship and build confidence between India and Pakistan since it is a requisite for any process to resolve the Kashmir dispute. However, it emphasized that the Kashmir issue must not be ignored or brushed aside and further precious time should not be wasted to initiate a meaningful dialogue process 'The time has come for India and Pakistan and people of Jammu & Kashmir to engage in a serious effort to resolve the Kashmir issue once and for all,' Hurriyat (M) spokesman said. The Hurriyat (M) executive felt that bureaucratic engagements and talks will not be able to tackle what is essentially a political issue requiring the exercise of real statesmanship and political decision-making. 'If the leadership in India and Pakistan continue to avoid the path of statesmanship and rely on bureaucratic approaches and process, it will only serve to keep South Asia endlessly trapped in uncertainty and instability,' it said. 'We have seen processes start, stretch on and on with little progress achieved only to get stalled and then start again. In the meantime, the people of Kashmir suffer the uncertainty of the ongoing conflict,' it further said. Arguing that it is time to move beyond slow-moving and open-ended processes, Hurriyat (M) spokesman said, 'To achieve a breakthrough what is truly needed is determined political leadership in India, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir displaying extraordinary foresight, courage, creativity and political imagination. There is a need for all sides to radically depart from the patterns and policies of the past and move towards a serious search for solutions.' Stating that the conglomerate was ready to move forward, Hurriyat (M) executive called on Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to take up the Kashmir issue in a more serious way and as a matter of priority. 'They should engage each other and involve the leadership of Jammu & Kashmir in a combined effort to find a solution that accommodates the needs and interests of all parties and which upholds the Kashmiri people's aspirations and right of self-determination'. The Hurriyat (M) spokesman said conglomerate firmly believes that it is possible to find such a solution which will be acceptable to both India and Pakistan and which also reflects the will of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. 'The only thing required is the political will and imagination to search for it.' Referring to recent political developments in J&K, APHC executive reiterated its stand that elections in the State have no bearing on the Kashmir dispute and can by no means overshadow the right of self-determination. 'Jammu & Kashmir is an internationally disputed region,' the spokesman said adding UN Security council resolutions have made it clear that no government formed in J&K on either side of the LoC has the ability to determine the political status of State nor can it in any way supersede the people of right to self-determination (RSD). 'At most elections in J&K are about local governance and administration,' he said. Referring to elections held in the State in last few decades, Hurriyat (M) spokesman said, 'APHC Executive agreed that history is a testament to the fact that elections are in no way related to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute'. 'Neither the voter turnout in elections nor the type of government can be termed as either a 'defeat' or 'victory' vis-à-vis the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination. The right of self-determination stands as a legal, moral, political reality irrespective of what elections takes place or governments form on either side of the LOC in Jammu & Kashmir,' he added.