Welcoming the statement on Kashmir by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief at UN in New York wherein he has maintained that Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has stressed upon the Indian leadership to shun intransigence and start a result-oriented meaningful dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership to solve the long pending dispute.
Terming the ‘brave’ stance taken by Pakistan Prime minister on the floor of UN general Assembly session at UN as realistic, Mirwaiz stated that UN resolutions provide legal and historical basis to Kashmir issue besides the international community has also recognized the significance of right to self determination of the people of J&K.
Mirwaiz stated that Kashmir issue could be solved either by implementing UN resolutions or through meaningful dialogue between the main stake holders to the dispute Kashmir, India and Pakistan. He stated Indian intransigence and unrealistic approach to the talks cannot change the historical and political status of Kashmir, neither lasting peace would arrive in sub continent without solving the dispute.
Meanwhile continuing with his visit to flood hit areas, Mirwaiz Saturday visited the economic hubs of Kashmir including Residence Road, Poloview, Lambert Lane, Press Enclave and adjoining areas to assess the damage caused by the inundation. Mirwaiz also expressed his solidarity with traders and residents of the area.
During the tour, Mirwaiz met number of trade delegations during which he also expressed his profound regret over the losses to their business incurred by the devastating floods. Asking people to remain patient in these times of crisis, Mirwaiz stressed upon people to show determination and courage to come out of the devastation caused by the floods. He retreated that entire Kashmir community stands with the flood hit people.
Stressing people to be united in view of the wide spread devastation caused by the ravaging floods, Mirwaiz today stated that the catastrophe of such scale could be dealt only if we remain resolved, committed and help each other in these times of crisis.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat spokesman has demanded immediate and unconditional release of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Kashmir and outside Jails in view of the floods. He stated that the houses of many prisoners have been damaged during the floods and hence they should be immediately released.