‘Dialogue on Kashmir should be result oriented’

Last Updated: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 15:59

Srinagar: Some separatist groups on Sunday, said
they are not against talks with the Centre for resolution of
the Kashmir issue but maintained that the government needs to
take certain steps before resumption of the dialogue process.

Moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq said his faction was not against dialogue and they were
ready for a meaningful dialogue between India, Pakistan and
leadership of Kashmir.

"The talks should not be held for the sake of talking.
The process should be result oriented," Mirwaiz said in
response to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s statement on
dialogue with separatists.

Chidambaram had on Friday said channels of communication
with some of the separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir were
still open and there was a possibility of negotiation with
them in the New Year if they came forward for dialogue.

"As far as talks with the separatists groups in Jammu
and Kashmir is concerned, we are always open to talk to
them...it is possible that some of them in 2012 will agree to
come forward for talks. If they are ready for talks, we are
ready for talks," the Home Minister had said.

However, Mirwaiz, whose moderate faction has held
several rounds of talks with the Centre till 2005 before
pulling out, said dialogue process so far has not yielded any
results as the government was "never serious" about talks.

The Hurriyat Chairman said his group had given four
point proposal that included demilitarising Kashmir, repeal of
"black" laws and release of political prisoners, for making
forward movement on the resolution of Kashmir issue.

"The government`s various wings seem to be confused.
Home Minister offers dialogue but Army chief is against it...
New Delhi could not reach a consensus on revocation of the
AFSPA, which is a minor issue. How will they evolve consensus
for resolution of Kashmir issue?" he said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 15:59

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