Srinagar: Lauding the announcement of
partial revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from
Jammu and Kashmir, Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq today demanded complete demilitarisation of the state.
"Today government has decided that the law (AFSPA) will
be removed from some parts of Kashmir. Even though All Parties
Hurriyat Conference welcomes this approach, this is not an
issue of a district or a region. If you really want change in
the situation, you should begin military withdrawal from
entire Jammu and Kashmir," Mirwaiz said addressing a Friday
congregational gathering at Jamia Masjid here.
He said demilitarisation will pave the way for a
situation where solution can be sought through dialogue.
The Hurriyat leader said though these confidence building
measures can bring a respite from the situation, it cannot be
a political solution to the Kashmir issue.
Mirwaiz, while commenting on Pakistan`s decision to grant
India the status of Most Favoured Nation, said Kashmiris
always wish the two neighbouring countries come closer.