Terming the past bilateral talks and agreements between India and Pakistan as an exercise in futility, APHC (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today stated that Government of India instead of dealing Kashmir issue through economic packages, financial concessions or by using military means, it should adopt a ‘realistic policy based on political realities’ to move forward in that regard.
Addressing a delegate convention in Town hall Islamabad in connection with the 50th foundation day of Awami Action Committee, Mirwaiz stated that Kashmir issue was not a regional or a boundary issue between India and Pakistan, but it was the issue of 1.3 crore people whose political future is convicted with the dispute. He added the world community including UN has accepted Kashmir as an international dispute, a party statement said on Tuesday.
Stating the viewpoint of Kashmiris regarding the solution to the dispute was of primary importance, Mirwaiz said that the GOI’s recent rant of Kashmir being a bilateral issue was not factual and was away from reality.
“We believed that the present dispensation in New Delhi would follow the footsteps of its predecessor Atal Bihar Vajpayee, and would move forward towards solving the Kashmir issue within the ambit of Humanity,” Mirwaiz said. “However, the tense situation was being created and Kashmiris were being pushed towards wall by use of military force.”
Asserting that Kashmir issue cannot be solved through sham elections or change in government, Mirwaiz stated that since 1947, such a process was being repeated, but Kashmir remained a dispute as it was then. He further said that even the military might of India could not suppress the popular movement for freedom, the statement quoted Mirwaiz as having said.