March 2016 News

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Hopes Sushma Swaraj-Sartaj Aziz Will Also Talk Kashmir

15 March 2016
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: Separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday welcomed proposed meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Nepal on March 17. 'Such bold political initiatives is only way to move forward,' Hurriyat Conference spokesman said. He, however, said both the countries shouldn't put resolution of Kashmir issue on the backburner. 'That will only create mistrust and acrimony between the two countries and vitiate dialogue process,' he said. The political leadership of the two countries, the Hurriyat spokesman said, should act with statesmanship and vision in order to work towards resolution of all issues including Kashmir by starting meaningful and resulted-orientated dialogue process. The Hurriyat termed Kashmir as the core issue. He said Kashmir had been the cause of confrontation between the two countries and sidelining Kashmir issue and concentrating on other issues during the Foreign Minister level talks between the two countries will not take dialogue process anywhere. 'There was a need to take forward the dialogue process with consistency and commitment to create trust and confidence necessary for the resolution of issues,' he added. Among separatist political parties Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz faction is the only party which has held negotiations with the government of India at the highest level. On January 22, 2004, the Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Bilal Gani Lone, Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Abas Ansari and Fazl-ul-Haq Qureshi had met the then Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani in New Delhi for official talks. Later on September 6, 2005, the Hurriyat Conference held another round of talks with the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in the UPA Ist. The second round of talks was held with the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh on May 3, 2006 in New Delhi. However, after that there has been no forward movement on the dialogue process.

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