Hurriyat Conference (m) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday said he favoured “unconditional dialogue” with New Delhi, but said the best chance of success would be if it followed the “Vajpayee government’s doctrine” of the early 2000s.
Mirwaiz, in an interview to a news gathering agency, noted that in the Vajpayee formula “all parties were involved,” referring to the simultaneous communication that the Kashmiri resistance leaders were allowed to have with New Delhi as well as with Islamabad and counterparts in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK).
“We want a mechanism to be prepared for talks where everyone is involved. We don t want it to be just a photo opportunity,” Mirawaiz said. “Let us start the process of talks. Let us not bother about the results. But the process has to be sincere.”
Mirwaiz noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech last month had said the Kashmir issue can only be solved by embracing Kashmiris and not by “gaalis” (abuses) or “golis” (bullets).
“It was a welcome statement and we thought the government is rethinking its Kashmir policy. However, there is no shift.