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J&K congratulates leaders of Northern Ireland

The congratulatory message was for bridging the political divide and a separatist leader wishes if India and Pakistan could take a cue from it, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: May 08, 2007 17:39 IST
Arun Joshi

Kashmir has sent a congratulatory message to leaders of Northern Ireland for bridging the political divide on Tuesday and a separatist leader wished if India and Pakistan could take a cue from it to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the people.



All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has sent a message congratulating the leaders – Ian Paisley of Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, who were once sworn enemies for placing reconciliation above confrontation.



"Your act offers a hope to the people elsewhere in the conflict areas, particularly Kashmir," he said of their agreement that has restored devolution of powers to Belfast after a gap of nearly five years.



Talking to Hindustan Times over phone, the Mirwaiz who had visited Northern Ireland in December last year and met with leaders of all the groups and religious denominations there, said: "India and Pakistan should take a cue from it and work faster in resolving the issue."



"On our part, we will try to contribute to the process of reconciliation and solution as much as it is possible within our means and capacity. We have a will to do so. India and Pakistan have to demonstrate that they have the similar zeal and willpower to resolve the Kashmir issue."



"If matters can be resolved in Northern Ireland, that can be done in Kashmir as well," he said.



During his visit to Northern Ireland, the separatist leader said, he had seen a ray of hope over there. "There was, and is a lesson for all of us to channelise our efforts in working out a solution through the process of dialogue, shattering hatred and exhibiting a will of understanding and accommodation."



The Mirwaiz is a strong votary of Irish model for Kashmir resolution. He has been saying that the Good Friday agreement holds the key as there are many similarities between the two situations - diverse religious and political and ideological identities.



"We should open the path of reconciliation. That is the message from Belfast today," he said.