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Continue dialogue: Mirwaiz to India, Pak

india Updated: Jul 17, 2006 20:58 IST
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Favouring continuation of Indo-Pak dialogue, the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference on Monday said it was necessary to foil evil designs of those who wanted to derail it.

Any move to discontinue the peace process at this stage would be very unfortunate, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate faction, told reporters.

"If India pulls out of the peace process, it will provide an opportunity to those who want to derail it," he said.

Attempts were being made by some to put roadblocks in the dialogue process, Mirwaiz said adding "there are elements in India, Pakistan and within Jammu and Kashmir who, for their self interests, are opposed to the process."

Terming Mumbai train blasts as an inhuman act, he asked India and Pakistan not to make it an excuse to pull out from the peace process.

"If this happens, it will be very unfortunate," he said.

Leaders in India, Pakistan and Kashmir had great responsibility to carry forward gains achieved during all these years of the dialogue process, the Hurriyat dove said.

On Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee's statement ruling out withdrawal of troops from J&K, he said a senior army officer had recently said there were just 1500 militants in the state.

"There is no need to keep lakhs of security personnel for 1500 militants," he said.

Ruling out military solution to the Kashmir issue, Mirwaiz said a political and peaceful resolution to the vexed issue was needed.

"A political solution is possible once India, Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir sit across the table."

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