Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday welcomed the recent meeting of Indo-Pak Prime Ministers but cautioned both the countries against sidelining Kashmir issue.
“The recent meeting between the Premiers of India and Pakistan during which both the sides expressed their desire to take meaningful steps to start bilateral dialogue is a positive development. However, putting Kashmir issue on the back burner or adopting tactics of delay can prove detrimental to the whole concept of normalisation of relations and the desire of forward movement in economic ties,” the Hurriyat said in a statement.
The statement was released at the end of a joint meeting of the Executive Council, General Council and Working Committee of the Hurriyat, chaired by Mirwaiz, at its Rajbagh headquarters here.
“The participants stated that Hurriyat has always supported better relations between India and Pakistan…for the political stability and economic prosperity of the South Asian region
“However, it was pointed out that without a just resolution of Kashmir cordiality in the Indo-Pak relationship cannot last long. It was further stated that putting Kashmir issue on back burner or adopting the tactics of delay can prove detrimental to the whole concept of normalization of relations and the desire of forward movement in economic ties,” the statement said.
“In the meeting it was stated that Kashmir was not a border or an internal issue of the two countries, it was an internationally recognized dispute. Hence, the inclusion of Kashmiri leadership in any process regarding the solution of Kashmir issue was imperative so as to make the process meaningful and result oriented.
“The participants expressed hope that the bilateral dialogue between the two countries will prove to be a positive beginning towards the solution of vexed Kashmir dispute and that Kashmir would be an important issue on the agenda of the bilateral talks between the two countries because in case Kashmir issue is not addressed and the wishes and aspirations of the people are not taken into account no dialogue process is going to prove fruitful and result oriented,” the statement said.
The meeting also took view of the various Hurriyat departments and expressed their satisfaction over their working, it added.