Hurriyat to push Pak for dialogue with India

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: Mar 18, 2013 19:34 IST

On upcoming Pakistan Day, the moderate Hurriyat has decided to push for resumption of the India-Pakistan dialogue at time when the relations are going downhill.

"We will covey to Pakistan that it should continue pushing for a genuine dialogue process aimed at the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue.

 "The dialogue should also open space for genuine leadership of Kashmir to hammer out a resolution as per aspiration of people here," moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told the Hindustan Times over phone from his Srinagar residence, where he continues to be under detention since February 21.

The Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat favours better relations between the two countries as "dialogue is bound to favour people of Kashmir". "However, it is proven time and again that the dialogue confined to trade and culture has not yielded any results," he said.

Question mark over participation in Pakistan Day celebrations

Around a dozen Hurriyat leaders have been invited by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to attend the Pakistan Day to be observed on March 23.

There is a question mark whether the top rung separatist leaders like hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, JKLF chief Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Khan can make it to the function, customarily attended by them every year.
Most separatists either remain behind the bars or under house arrest since Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was executed on February 9.

 "I don't think I will be allowed…Besides, Kashmir is witnessing a fragile situation and people are living with a deep sense of hurt after Guru's unconstitutional hanging. I would prefer to stay with them," said the Mirwaiz.

'Return Guru's remains, open channel for dialogue'

On New Delhi-Srinagar talks, the moderate Hurriyat chairman said, "Hanging of Guru has put a big question mark on entering into a dialogue with New Delhi. But I think returning the remains of Guru and Maqbool Bhat (who was hanged in 1984 inside Tihar jail) may open a window," said the Mirwaiz.

The moderate Hurriyat is planning to send a small delegation headed by Agha Syed Hassan. Sources said separatists are likely to apprise Pakistan about the fallout of Guru's execution in Kashmir. The delegation has been asked to thank Pakistan leaders for passing a resolution in its parliament on Guru.
India-Pakistan relations took a plunge recently when the Pakistan parliament passed a resolution on Guru. It was reciprocated with a joint resolution passed by Indian parliament rejecting the same and asserting entire Jammu and Kashmir as its integral part.

Meanwhile, Hardline Hurriyat chairman Geelani Pakistan has decided to ask Pakistan to treat Kashmir as "core issue". "Pakistan leaders need to mobilise all channels within Pakistan and all other countries so that a pressure is build on India to hold plebiscite in Kashmir," said Geelani, who too is under house arrest in Srinagar.


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