Include Kashmiris in dialogue: Moderate Hurriyat
Srinagar: Welcoming the resolve of India
and Pakistan to continue talks on Kashmir, moderate Hurriyat
Conference on Wednesday said the dialogue had to be continuous and
and Kashmiris should be included in it to make the process
"It is a welcome sign that New Delhi and Islamabad
have reiterated their resolve to continue the dialogue.
"However, if it has to be result-oriented, the basic
party to the Kashmir issue -- representatives of the people of
the state -- have to be included in it," chairman of the
moderate faction of the Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told agency.
He said the amalgam had always supported the dialogue
process but it had to be sustained and time-bound to achieve
the desired goal.
Mirwaiz welcomed the Confidence-Building Measures
(CBMs) announced by the two countries with regard to cross-Loc
trade and travel but stressed the need for implementing the
suggestions made by the amalgam for improving the ground
situation in Kashmir.
The hardline faction of the Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali
Shah Geelani, however, said CBMs would only be a superficial
measure till the core issue of Kashmir was not addressed.
“These are not the main issues. The basic issue is
resolution of the Kashmir issue and it needs to be addressed
in its historical perspective," Geelani said.
India and Pakistan today announced additional CBMs
related to Kashmir, including increasing cross-LoC trading
days and expanding travel to include tourism and religious
This followed talks between External Affairs Minister
S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in
"The two sides have agreed to meet again in 2012. The
process to resolve the Kashmir issue has to be continuous and
time-bound. There should be no slowdown in talks," Mirwaiz
"We welcome the CBMs but we believe that focus on
demilitarisation, revocation of harsh laws like AFSPA and PSA,
end to violation of human rights and release of political
prisoners will have larger impact on the ground situation," he
"The amalgam reiterates its demand for implementing
these suggestions in order to create a conducive atmosphere
for resolution of the Kashmir issue," the Hurriyat dove said.