Indo-Pak ties won’t move sans Kashmir, says Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR: Even as the Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday said it would support any move by India and Pakistan to mend ties, while stressing that such moves would not progress without addressing the Kashmir issue, Pakistan’s envoy to New Delhi Abdul Basit assured the pro-freedom group of his country’s moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmir.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari had met the envoy during the Eid Milan Party hosted by him in New Delhi. Basit also said there was no question of Islamabad changing its national policy on Kashmir.
The Mirwaiz, on his part, told Basit that cordial relations between two nations cannot be fostered unless the Kashmir issue was not resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir but also mentioned that by not mentioning the Kashmir dispute in the joint declaration in Ufa, Russia, a negative perception had emerged in Kashmir. He said Kashmir should have been included in the agenda of India-Pakistan talks and efforts should be made to resolve it in within a timeframe.
“Both countries should show statesmanship, especially Modi who wants to take India to the next level of development. He should act not only as a politician with an eye on the next elections but as a statesman working for the benefit of the next generation,” the Mirwaiz said.