October 2017 News

Talks Meaningless Without Hurriyat: Pak

24 October 2017
PTI


Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday dismissed as unrealistic India's move to appoint former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor to understand the legitimate aspirations of people in Jammu and Kashmir, saying no interaction or dialogue would carry any weight without the participation of the Hurriyat Conference. Responding to a question on Sharma's appointment, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that the measure did not appear to be sincere and realistic. He said that, if anything, the Indian government's announcement illustrated a recognition - once again - of the futility of the use of force and of the indispensability of dialogue. 'However, for any dialogue process to be meaningful and result-oriented, it has to include the three main parties: India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris. In that context, without the participation of the Hurriyat leadership, no interaction or dialogue would carry any weight or meaning,' he said. He said that the need of the hour was to have dialogue for peacefully resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Zakaria said, 'the designated Interlocutor had been entrusted with the task of understanding the 'legitimate aspirations' of the Kashmiri people - which in reality had been known for 70 years ie realization of their right to self-determination. 'The need of the hour was to bring an end to the Indian state-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and to have dialogue for peacefully resolving the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people. This was imperative for ensuring durable and sustainable peace and stability in South Asia. Pakistan hoped that the international community would play its rightful role in facilitating such an outcome,' he added. 'This is imperative for ensuring durable and sustainable peace and stability in South Asia. Pakistan hoped that the international community would play its rightful role in facilitating such an outcome,' he said.

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