Make Kashmiri leadership part of talks, says Mirwaiz
RE - Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that Kashmir is not a territorial or border dispute to which Pakistan and India can solve at their own rather it is an issue of 13m Kashmiris and for its solution both the countries should make the Kashmiri leadership part of their dialogue.
He was addressing a press conference here at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Saturday after his arrival in Pakistan on his three days visit on the invitation of Prime Minister of Pakistan. Bilal Ghani Lon, Abdul Ghani Bhutt and other office bearers of the conference were also accompanying him.
Mir said that APHC was happy over the resumption of dialogue by the newly-elected government with India on Kashmir issue but, he said, the dialogues only would not help to make development in the issue. He said that dialogue process would remain incomplete till both the govts do not make real leadership of Kashmiri people the part of their dialogue. He was of the view that inspite of repeated dialogues between both the countries there was no change in Kashmir on ground, "No doubt there was calm on the part of frontiers of both the countries and soldier of non of the country was being killed but it was very unfortunate the Kashmiri youngsters were being killed regularly."
"We are very thankful to the government of Pakistan who invited us shortly after coming into power and we think that it is a joint effort of Pakistan and Kashmiri people to seek solution of the issue", he added.
He said they lauded the efforts of Pakistan government which it made for the solution of the issue in the past and expressed hope the same would continue in the future at political, diplomatic and moral level.
Mir demanded the leadership of both the countries to let the leadership of both sides of the Kashmir meet each other and both countries should start their dialogues from Sirinagar and Muzafarabad.
He said anxiety had gripped the Kashmir after the revelation of 940 combine graves of Kashmiri youngsters in the area of Ori, and so far 9,500 youngsters were yet missing since long.
"We do not oppose the trade and relations with India but Kashmir should be at priority. Kashmir is presenting the scene of blood pond and within this situation talking about the relations with India is not fair", he lamented.
The delegation will call on prime minister, president and the leadership of all the major political parties.