SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Tuesday said that the agreement by India and Pakistan to adhere to the cease-fire on the LOC and the subsequent statements and actions by them thereafter indicate a positive shift in the relations between the two neighbours.
“This is being observed with anticipation by the people of J&K who are deeply affected by the state of the relations between the two neighbours as they are for past seven decades striving for a resolution to the Kashmir conflict,” said Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement.
The Hurriyat (M) said that it greatly welcomes the shift towards good neighbourly relations between the two countries and sees it as is the first step in the direction of meaningful dialogue for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict.
“The Hurriyat also believes that unless on the ground in Kashmir an atmosphere free of fear, repression and human rights violations is not permitted, efforts at good neighbourly relations will not bear fruit,” the spokesman said.
“For change on the ground, all political prisoners and youth in jails and under house detention should be released. The random arrests and slapping of PSA on youth and policy of intimidation and harassment through agencies should be ended. Deaths and destruction during encounters which is deeply disturbing should be immediately stopped,” he said.
“It always was and is ready to extend full support to all initiatives between the two countries that aim at bringing peace and prosperity to all the people of the subcontinent and seek a fair and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” said Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement.