‘Kashmir dispute continues to pose threat to regional peace’

Aug 20th, 2014 | Category: Kashmir News

Top Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik met Pakistan’s High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, in New Delhi and discussed latest political and human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq talking to media in New Delhi after meeting the Pakistan High Commissioner said, “New Delhi over-reacted on the issue…There has to be a peaceful, political resolution to the Kashmir issue.” He urged India to understand that by barring interactions between Kashmiri leadership and Pakistan High Commissioner it could not bury the core issue of Kashmir, which was a threat to peace in South Asia.

“They can cage the idea but they cannot kill the popular sentiment which is alive in the hearts of people. The Kashmir issue is purely a political issue and pro-freedom leadership represents the sentiment of the people,” Mirwaiz said. By calling off foreign secretary-level talks and by opposing interaction of Hurriyet leadership with Pakistan High Commissioner, New Delhi cannot undermine the reality that Kashmir is a core issue, acknowledged by the international community including the United Nations, he added.

Syed Ali Gilani told reporters after the meeting that Kashmir was not an internal issue of India. He slammed the Modi government’s decision to call off the talks with Pakistan. He said that by canceling the talks India had proven that it did not want Kashmir issue to be resolved through peaceful means. “The diplomatic break off is extremely unfortunate for the people of entire South Asia. India’s rigid approach has disappointed people of Kashmir and all those who want Kashmir to be resolved peacefully,” he added.

Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in an interview after the meeting, expressed deep disappointment over the development and urged India to rethink the decision. “It’s very unfortunate. It seems they were just looking for an excuse to cancel the talks,” he added.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who also called on the Pakistan High Commissioner, reacting to India’s decision to call off talks, said, “The Kashmiris have the legitimate right to be part of any negotiation between Pakistan and India aimed at discussing the Kashmir issue.” Talking to a Kashmir-based newspaper over phone after meeting Abdul Basit, he said, nobody can stop the people of Kashmir from joining any process aimed at discussing the Kashmir dispute.

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