Mirwaiz Ready To Meet Aziz After NSA Talks

21 August 2015
Rising Kashmir
Junaid Kathju

Srinagar: Asserting that red lines don't exist in politics and diplomacy, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said they are ready to meet Pakistan's National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz after the NSA-level talks. 'India has made an issue that why separatist leaders are meeting Aziz ahead of NSA-level talks. If that is the case, then we are ready to meet Pakistan's NSA after his talks with Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval. We don't want talks between two countries should stop,' Mirwaiz said while addressing Friday congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid, here. The Pakistan High Commission has invited separatist leaders for consultations with Sartaj Aziz ahead of his talks with Indian counterpart on August 23. Mirwaiz said it doesn't matter to them whether to meet Aziz before or after the NSA talks. 'If India intends to move forward with sincerity and seriousness then it doesn't matter to us whether to meet Pakistan's NSA before or after his talks with his Indian counterpart .We are attending this meet so that both countries take forward the dialogue process,' he said. The delegation of Hurriyat (M) headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would leave for New Delhi on August 23to meet Sartaj Aziz. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said it is unfortunate that India is creating unnecessary hurdles to derail the peace process by drawing its own red lines. 'In politics, diplomacy, red lines don't work and one has to act according to the situation. We hope that better senses prevail in Indian establishment and this opportunity should not be wasted,' he said adding Government of India (GoI) should carry on the legacy of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and solve Kashmir issue within the ambit of humanity. Mirwaiz said Hurriyat leadership is the primary party of the Kashmir dispute and without their inclusion, no resolution would be acceptable to the Kashmiri people. 'Hurriyat is not an organization but an aspiration of people. Kashmiris and its pro-freedom leadership are the primary party of the Kashmir dispute. Without our consultation no acceptable solution to Kashmir issue is possible,' he said. Stating that Ufa joint statement doesn't only talk about discussing terrorism but also referred to resolve all outstanding issue between the two countries, Mirwaiz said, 'There is no bigger issue between India and Pakistan than Kashmir. It is the core issue and needs to be resolved as per the aspirations of Kashmiri people for peace and prosperity in the region'. Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan met in Ufa, Russia last month and decided to revive the stalled dialogue process. However, the joint statement issued after the meeting did not mention Kashmir and instead focused on terrorism. Mirwaiz advised India to shun its rigid approach and engage in dialogue to improve its ties with Pakistan and find an amicable solution of Kashmir issue. 'India can't go on with its military might to suppress the voice of dissent. They should accept the reality and sit on a table to find a joint mechanism to move forward in the peace process,' he said. Hailing the statement of United States and International communities in which they have urged India and Pakistan to re-engage in peace talks, he said the failure of talks at this juncture could further escalate the tension along Line of Control (LoC) and International borders. Expressing his concern over the communal clashes in Samba sector, Hurriyat (M) chairman said it's the responsibility of government to safeguard the lives of minority and prevent communal forces from creating a rift between the two communities.