SRINAGAR: Reacting to the meeting between Indian and Pakistan foreign secretaries in New Delhi, both factions of Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday underlined the need to address Kashmir in the dialogue processes between the two countries.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat Conference (G) said until Kashmir issue is not addressed and resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of its people, the meetings between the countries would continue to prove futile. “We neither oppose the dialogue process nor are we against the friendly Indo-Pak ties but demand Kashmir issue be prioritised in the talks,” a spokesman of the conglomerate said.
He said more than 150 talks between the two neighbouring nations “couldn’t improve the relations between India and Pakistan”. “It is impossible for both nations to sideline Kashmir as it is not any border dispute between them but the future of about 15 million people. Even both countries have pledged before the world community that no outside solution would be thrust upon Kashmiris who are the sole decision makers of this territory and that their decision would be acceptable to both India and Pakistan,” he said.
The spokesperson urged the prime ministers of both countries to shun the traditional ways and take courageous initiative towards resolving the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
Terming the move as a welcome step, Hurriyat Conference (M) expressed hope that both countries would initiate a meaningful dialogue process to resolve all pending issue including Kashmir.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesperson in a statement issued here said that conglomerate has always favoured dialogue as the effective way to resolve all issue between the two neighbouring countries “including the all-important Kashmir issue”.
“The conglomerate hopes that the meeting between the Indo-Pak foreign secretaries would help in creating the required peaceful atmosphere and remove the air of mistrust between them so that the dialogue process could move ahead,” he said.
Terming the statement of the Pakistani foreign secretary about Kashmir being the core issue as factual, the spokesperson said, “Kashmir is the basic issue between India and Pakistan which needs to be addressed in the dialogue processes between the two countries.”