‘Welcome, but more seriousness is needed’

‘Welcome, but more seriousness is needed’

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday welcomed the fresh dialogue between India and Pakistan, but maintained that inclusion of Kashmir in the dialogue is a must.
According to a statement issued here, a joint meeting of the conglomerate’s Executive Council, General Council, and Working Committee was held at its Rajbagh headquarters.
The meeting was chaired by senior member of the Executive Council and former APHC chairman Prof Abdul Gani Bhat in absence of the Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, who was placed under house confinement in the morning.
The meeting was attended by heads and representatives of all the constituents and the advisors of the conglomerate.
During the meeting, the leaders deliberated upon the recent political developments in Indo-Pak subcontinent and its effects on the entire South Asia, besides taking stock of their organisational affairs.
Welcoming the meeting between Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference in New Delhi, the leaders called it a “positive initiative” that would help in breaking ice in the strained relationship between the two countries.
However, they maintained that there was a need to show more seriousness towards making dialogue a consistent process and exhibiting progress on all outstanding issues between the two countries.
Stressing that Kashmir remains the core issue between India and Pakistan, the leaders said that unless the two countries take steps to resolve this issue, peace and stability of the entire region would continue to remain a distant dream, as other issues between the two countries were “actually offshoots of Kashmir issue”.
It was stated in the meeting that there was a need to take the resistance leadership of Kashmir into confidence and start a result-oriented dialogue process over Kashmir with seriousness, so that a long-lasting and just solution of the issue was arrived at.

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