Azadi camp frowns over Modi-Sharif meet

Azadi camp frowns over Modi-Sharif meet
  • The meeting was diplomatic tradition: Hurriyat (G)
  • India-Pak should address core issue to move forward: Mirwaiz
  • Reflects non-seriousness: Malik

SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the outcome of Prime Ministers’ of India and Pakistan meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at Ufa, Russia.
Both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF expressed dismay that Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif, during the one hour meeting, opted not to mention the Kashmir issue in their joint declaration.
Calling the meeting as a ‘diplomatic-tradition’ Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of Hurriyat (G), said that the amalgam had pinned ‘no hope’ over the meeting.
“There was nothing to be shocked or be surprised about the fact that Kashmir issue was not mentioned in the joint declaration. They followed a diplomatic tradition and it had nothing in it for Kashmir,” Akbar said.
According to Akbar the bilateral talks or meetings will bear no fruits until “they deliberately continue to ignore the core Kashmir-issue.”
“No talks will succeed until Kashmiris are not included in the process,” added Akbar.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while reacting to the development, said that even though there were a number of contending issues between the two countries, Kashmir was the “fundamental cause of sour relationship between the two countries.”
“Being the core issue, the prudence demands that this issue takes the preference in the dialogue process while as other issues are the product of the non resolution of core issue,” said Mirwaiz.
“Once the core issue is addressed, the resolution of other peripheral issues will automatically become easier.
“People of the state of Jammu and Kashmir remain the basic party to the dispute without their participation any dialogue on this issue can’t bear fruit,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz, however, asked Government of India to shun the “stubborn attitude” which has been the reason as to why GoI “unilaterally suspended the foreign secretary level talks a year ago.”
While welcoming the change in the stance of present Indian ruling establishment which otherwise has remained stubborn in relation to the dialogue with Pakistan, Mirwaiz stated the Kashmir dispute should acquire a focal status in the dialogue process without which any successes remains doubtful.
Yasin Malik, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front JKLF claimed that people of the state were “disappointed by the joint declaration” and have “lost faith in the institution of dialogue.”
“It is through dialogue that conflicts are resolved, but for the success of dialogue it is equally important to have seriousness and focus on conflict resolution. Dialogue should not be for fun, time pass and putting real issues to the back burner,” Malik, according to a statement, said.
Malik said that India and Pakistan have held several round of talks from last 68 years but have failed to make any progress especially on Kashmir. “This non-seriousness and inconclusive attitude is responsible for disaster of Kashmiri nation, which has lost its three generations,” Malik said.
“Accept Kashmiris as principle party to the dispute and include them in dialogue process and find a lasting solution to this dispute,” Malik added.