Mirwaiz: Sincere efforts needed for resolving Kashmir issue
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Last Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011, 20:31
Srinagar: Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Friday pressed for "sincere efforts" in finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue and assured full support of his amalgam to such an exercise.

"We have not seen a single solid step on the part of Government of India to address the Kashmir issue... Hurriyat is ready to welcome any positive and political engagement aimed at finding an everlasting solution to the long standing problem," Mirwaiz told reporters after meeting British High Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg at his residence here.

The British High Commissioner along with two aides - First Secretary Alex Bamford and political adviser Sushil Aaron - called on Mirwaiz at his Nigeen residence where he has been placed under house arrest since morning.

"I briefed the envoys about the prevailing political and human rights situation in the Valley and sought an effective role of the British government in resolving Kashmir.

"Kashmir is basically a problem created by the British and is lingering on for the last 63 years," Mirwaiz said, adding, "It is the political and moral responsibility of the British government to play its effective role in seeking a peaceful and negotiable settlement of this grave issue."

Dismissing the appointment of Centre's interlocutors as "time consuming exercise", Mirwaiz said "India is fully aware about the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The time demands concrete and sincere measures to address the Kashmir issue."

Pressing for his four-point demands including revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, withdrawal of troops, free cross-border movement and release of political prisoners, Mirwaiz said implementing these measures would help in building an atmosphere conducive for political engagement.

Mirwaiz said the British High commissioner told him that his country is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely and is desirous of a solution that is acceptable to all the concerned parties.

Referring to the frequent curbs on the movement of separatists especially on Fridays, Mirwaiz said, "such steps are clear violation of democratic and religious rights."


First Published: Friday, May 27, 2011, 20:31

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