Moderate Hurriyat rejects interlocutors` report

Moderate Hurriyat Conference trashed the interlocutors` report on Jammu and Kashmir.

Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference on Thursday trashed the interlocutors` report on Jammu and Kashmir saying confidence-building measures cannot be a way out and people of the state want a "political solution", while the hardline faction said it never took cognizance of panel`s existence.

The report while dealing with Centre-State relations and internal devolution of powers suggests a road map listing confidence-building measures that includes review of Disturbed Areas Act and re-appraisal of application of controversial AFSPA.

"This report has tried to project CBMs as a solution which we reject... CBMs are a welcome step, but CBMs can never be a solution of Kashmir issue... The fact is majority of the people of Jammu and Kashmir want a political solution," Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference told reporters at his Nigeen residence.

"We totally reject this report, CBMs cannot be a solution," he said.

Mirwaiz said the solution to Kashmir will only come through "international agreements" on Kashmir or through dialogue between all the parties - "India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir."

Asking the Centre to demonstrate a "political will" to solve Kashmir issue, he said economic packages, economic incentives and state-centre relationship "were not an issue".

"The issue is not between Srinagar and New Delhi, but between Srinagar, New Delhi, Islamabad and Muzafarabad, which are the cornerstones of this issue," he said.

Meanwhile, leader of the hardline flock, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said the amalgam had no comments on the report as it had not taken cognizance of the panel`s existence.
"Since we have not taken note of the interlocutors panel when it was formed, we don`t think it appropriate to comment on it now," spokesman of Geelani led Hurriyat Ayaz Akbar told agencies.

The separatists in Kashmir had refused to meet the interlocutors panel comprising Dilip Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M M Ansari, claiming that it was a "futile exercise" as the issue needed to be addressed at a political level.


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