GoI Should Take Steps To Make Atmosphere Conducive: Mirwaiz

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday said Government of India must take measures to make atmosphere conducive for a movement forward in peace process aimed at resolution of Kashmir issue.

Earlier today, the Hurriyat (M) held a joint meeting of its executive council, general council and the working committee members wherein the prevailing political situation besides the matters pertaining to organizational structure and political activities of the amalgam were discussed threadbare.

The recent visit of Hurriyat (M) delegation to Delhi and its subsequent meet with Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister   also surfaced in the meeting. The meeting stressed that elections in Jammu and Kashmir are no substitute to the right to self determination enshrined in the resolutions adopted by the United Nations.

The meeting evolved a consensus that Kashmir issue is an international issue by virtue of various resolutions adopted by the United Nations and the same can be resolved either by imple4mentation of those resolutions or meaningful and result oriented talks between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership. “The Hurriyat is committed for a meaningful dialogue aimed at the resolution of Kashmir issue,” said a senior Hurriyat (M) leader who participated in the joint meeting.

It was also reiterated in the meeting that without any permanent settlement of the Kashmir issue, there can be no lasting peace, prosperity and progress in South Asia. The Hurriyat leadership also appealed the world community that Kashmir should be taken as a humane issue with most of its families divided across the border.

Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the Mirwaiz said: “Unfortunately there is no headway on suggestions put-forth by us which also included revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), de-militarization, release of political prisoners and free political space to the separatist leadership in Kashmir.”

“Besides its constitutional and political dimensions, the Kashmir issue is primarily a humane issue which should be addressed with a human heart,” the Mirwaiz told KNS.

Terming AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir a biggest impediment in peace process, the Hurriyat (M) chairman said government of India must show flexibility in its approach if it is serious in resolving the Kashmir problem. “We want the military intervention in daily life to come to an end. Similarly, there should be no restrictions on our political activity,” the Mirwaiz remarked.

Meanwhile, in its meeting the Hurriyat (M) leadership has decided to go for a sit-in against AFSPA, human rights violations, unmarked graves and disappeared persons. However, the timing and the venue were not decided in the meeting.

“The meeting also decided to observe a human rights week across the Valley commencing on December 5. On December 5, the Hurriyat will organize a seminar at Kupwara. Another seminar will be organized at Anantnag on December 6. On December 8, a seminar will be organized at Hurriyat (M) headquarters wherein human rights activists, civil society members will address the function. On December 9, there will be a photo exhibition and documentary on human rights will be screened before the audience. There will be a protest demonstration against human rights violations in Srinagar on December10,” a statement issued by Hurriyat (M) said

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