Kashmir issue, a human problem: Mirwaiz

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2014 19:33 IST

Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday expressed concern over "false" representation of Kashmir in the national media and said it was a "human problem".

"It is extremely unfortunate that the government is spreading misleading information among people regarding Kashmir dispute and presenting it as a Pakistan sponsored problem," said the Mirwaiz, while speaking to a group of delegation from Mumbai Press Club at his residence in Srinagar.

Deliberating on the Kashmir issue, the Mirwaiz said, "The change in government at the centre has no bearing on Kashmir dispute. The need of the hour is that emotions and aspirations of Kashmiris should be considered and a realistic thinking and approach should be adopted to move forward and initiate a meaningful dialogue between India, Pakistan and Kashmiris to solve the vexed dispute."

He asked the delegates to weed out the negative propaganda and "promote real perspective on Kashmir".

"Kashmir was neither a regional issue, nor a religious one, adding, it was a political and human issue which should be addressed in that particular context," he added.

He said Kashmir was not against people of India. "We want economic progress in the region. For that to happen, it is imperative to solve the Kashmir issue, a constant source of tension in South Asia," he added.

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