Srinagar: With US President Barack Obama
visiting India next month, moderate faction of Hurriyat
Conference today said it would launch a signature campaign
tomorrow calling for America`s intervention as a third party
to resolve the Kashmir issue.
"The Executive Committee and the General Council of
the Hurriyat today unanimously resolved to call for third
party mediation as India and Pakistan have failed to make any
progress with regard to the resolution of Kashmir issue,"
moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told PTI after the
He said there was a general concensus among the
Hurriyat members that the United States should get involved in
resolving the long pending dispute between the two nuclear
armed rivals as per the wishes and aspirations of the people
of Jammu and Kashmir.
"We will be launching a signature campaign across the
state from tomorrow calling for intervention of the US ahead
of President Obama`s visit to India," he said.
Mirwaiz said third party intervention has now
become inevitable in resolving Kashmir issue as bilateralism
has failed and another war between India and Pakistan can
spell disaster for world peace.
"The US has appointed special representatives to
several conflict zones in the world and time has come that a
special rapporteur is appointed for Kashmir also," he added.
The Hurriyat chairman said the amalgam will step up
its diplomatic efforts through various Kashmir centres in
Brussels, London and US ahead of Obama`s visit to India to
highlight the urgency required in resolving Kashmir issue.
Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat has called for a complete
strike on October 27 and urge the people to observe it as a
"black day" against the landing of Indian army in Jammu and
Kashmir on that day in 1947.
"Hurriyat leaders will take out marches from district
headquarters of the Valley towards the local office of the
United Nations Military Observors Group (UNMOG) at Sonawar
here to press for the demand of withdrawal of Indian army and
other forces from the state," he said.