SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) met Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit in New Delhi, and discussed with him Kashmir issue and the current political solution in the state.
In a press statement issued here, Hurriyat (M) said that Basit, during the meeting, termed New Delhi’s politics of “rigidness” and its “delaying tactics” for keeping Kashmir resolution pending as “unfortunate”.
He said Islamabad has always initiated a process of dialogue with New Delhi for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif’s four-point agenda for resolution of Kashmir issue, he said, was a “step in the direction for resumption of dialogue process”.
He said Sharif would raise Kashmir issue in his upcoming visit to USA to impress upon the US President Barack Obama and the country’s other important personalities to extend full cooperation and play a role towards resolution of the issue.
Basit told Mirwaiz that Islamabad was duty bound to play its role in final settlement of Kashmir issue, and believes that participation of Kashmiri leadership in dialogue over the issue was a must for any positive outcome.
Stating that Pakistan was putting in concerted efforts, both at the governmental and diplomatic level, for resolving Kashmir issue, the Pakistan High Commissioner informed Mirwaiz that Islamabad wants a dignified solution to Kashmir issue.
Finding a solution according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir was part of Pakistan’s national policy, he said.
Terming India’s aggression and crackdown on Kashmir’s resistance leadership as unfortunate, Basit said Pakistan government was “extremely concerned” over the large scale human rights violations in Kashmir and over “the use of aggression, terror, and military might” on peaceful protestors.
He said Islamabad was keeping the human rights bodies and international community updated about the ongoing situation in Kashmir.
During the meeting, Mirwaiz, according to the statement, informed Basit about the human rights violations committed by the state forces and continuous restrictions on peaceful activities of the resistance leadership.
Mirwaiz expressed concern over the rise of “divisive and communal forces” in Jammu and Kashmir and their efforts “to polarise the state” for their own petty political interests.
Thanking Islamabad for its continued political and diplomatic support for the resolution of Kashmir issue and for extending political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris, he said for ensuring peace in the region, final settlement of Kashmir as per the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris was the need of the hour.