Srinagar: Pro-freedom leaders on Wednesday welcomed the remarks made by US representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who had said on Tuesday that the US may “try to find its place” in resolving India-Pakistan tensions over the Kashmir dispute.
The spokesperson of the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat Conference said that both India and Pakistan should seek US assistance. “If the US has shown its willingness to play a pro-active role to facilitate dialogue, both India and Pakistan should respond positively and seek US assistance in building trust and improving their ties.”
The spokesman added that such a move would pave the way for resolving the Kashmir dispute and bring “much-needed relief to the people of Kashmir and peace and stability to the subcontinent.” The Indian government on Tuesday criticised Haley’s comments and said that outstanding issues between the two neighbours will be sorted out “bilaterally”.
Senior pro-freedom leader and general secretary of the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat (G), Shabir Shah called Haley’s remarks a “good beginning” and said that the UN instead of urging both nations to maintain ceasefire should resolve Kashmir.
“The assertion of the United States that it would try and find its place in de-escalating Indo-Pak tensions is a good beginning and a most welcome step,” Shah said.
Shah added, “The people of Jammu Kashmir and Pakistan have long been favouring third-party intervention but India is continuously presenting a misleading justification over its illegal occupation and is showing stubbornness over the issue.” Terming Haley’s statement as a “welcome step”, chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik said it was “obligatory” on the USA and other international powers to step in to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Malik said that the statement of the US envoy has infused new “hope” in the suffering people of this entire region. Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (H) Javaid Ahmad Mir called Haley’s comments a “moral victory for the resistance leadership of Kashmir”. “The people of Kashmir have always sought and are still seeking the intervention of the world community,” he said. JKLF (R) chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar said the US envoy’s comments are an “encouraging step on the part of the Trump administration.”