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Hurriyat seeks China's role, a parliament in J&K

According to him, Beijing needed to be involved because it had control over a large chunk of the state's territory.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 15:41 IST

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has suggested that China should play a role in resolving the Kashmir dispute and hinted at a separate parliament for a united Jammu and Kashmir by 2010.

According to him, Beijing needed to be involved because it had control over a large chunk of the state's territory.

"The All Parties Hurriyat Conference is preparing a 'Roadmap 2020' for the resolution of this dispute in which we will recommend for the inclusion of China as a party," Farooq told a World Social Forum meet in Karachi.

Farooq, who heads the moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a grouping of separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir, said "ground realities" would determine the proposed roadmap.

He said that Kashmiris were the weakest party in this dispute while India and Pakistan, who dispute the state's ownership, were nuclear powers.

"Kashmir is a huge tragedy and the very relations between Pakistan and India depend on the solution of this issue. These two countries have to decide in which direction this issue should proceed."

He said Pakistan and India would be given representation in a future parliament of the proposed united Kashmir. "If our roadmap is implemented, it would resolve the dispute by 2020," he stressed.

The Kashmiri leadership on both sides of the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, should also change their mindset, he added.