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Hurriyat proposes Indo-Pak summit on Kashmir

PTI  Srinagar, June 20, 2013
First Published: 18:23 IST(20/6/2013) | Last Updated: 19:08 IST(20/6/2013)

Terming the protracted Kashmir-issue as a "political" one, the moderate Hurriyat Conference on Thursday proposed an Indo-Pak summit on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) to address the issue in the larger interest of friendship, peace and prosperity in the region.

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"We propose an Indo-Pak summit wherein the leadership of the two countries along with Kashmiris can sit together to move forward and address the Kashmir (problem)," Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said addressing a seminar at Amalgam headquarters in Srinagar.

A proposed summit in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad (capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) could be a big leap forward, he said.

Apparently referring to the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to inaugurate the Qazigund-Banihal section of the Kashmir rail project next week, Mirwaiz said "Kashmir is a political problem which cannot be solved by economic packages or rail services.

"The Kashmir issue needs political will and political approach for resolution. You need a road map and we feel it lies with the Kashmiris."


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