Reacting against the recent statement of Indian foreign minster Sushma Swaraj, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the amalgam and the people of Kashmir have always stood for better relations between New Delhi and Islamabad and the settlement of all pending issues between them through dialogue.
Swaraj had said that “warmth and ease” in relationship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif can help resolve complex issues between the two neighbours and also that India wants to resolve all vexed issues with Pakistan through bilateral talks without involving any third country or party.
“So far as Kashmir issue is concerned, no breakthrough can be expected without the involvement of Kashmir people as the issue concerns the political future and aspirations of Kashmris,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz expressed hope that the leadership of both the countries would recognise this reality and would evolve a proper mechanism to include the people of Kashmir and the resistance leadership in any ensuing dialogue process over Kashmir.
Hurriyat (M) chairman also terming the election process in the state as ‘futile exercise” saying the amalgam had in the past too rejected this process. “Jammu Kashmir is a disputed territory and its future has to be decided by its people,” he said.