As India and Pakistan have agreed to revive track-II diplomacy, separatist in Kashmir on Sunday voiced mixed response to the development with Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik saying that the exercise has lost credence.
“Track-II diplomacy has been going on since 1947. It continues on for two-years and halts for four years in between,” JKLF Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik told KNS.
“It has lost all credence. What is important is that that any talks between India and Pakistan should be made time-bound, “he said, adding, “Both India and Pakistan must accepted people of Kashmir as main party for any headway on the long pending Kashmir dispute.”
He said that any settlement should be in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of people of Kashmir.
Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani categorically rejected it and termed it futile exercise.
“All bilateral dialogues in the past have proved futile and it nothing but an attempt on part of India to consume time and misled global community,” Ayaz Akbar, the spokesman of Hurriyat Conference told KNS.
The amalgam said Kashmir continues to be a core issue and unless “the long pending dispute is resolved, peace will continue to elude entire south Asia.”
Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also reacted to the development with caution.
“Even though it’s a welcomed step and will help in Confidence Building Measures between the two countries, there is need for track-I dialogue with Prime Minister of India Manohan Singh and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sherif at forefront to resolve the Kashmir issue.”
He advocate said that people of Kashmir should be made part of the dialogue process calling the principal party in the Kashmir issue.
Senior leader of the Hurriyat Conference and chairman Democratic Freedom Party, Shabir Ahmad Shah said that it was a welcome step which will help augment confidence building measure.
“Kashmir issue has to be addressed and people of Kashmir mush acquainted about whatever development takes place with regard to the CBMs,” he said.