The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has denounced the recent statement of external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, terming it contrary to the historical realities of the Kashmir issue.
The conglomerate in its statement pointed towards the India's double standards over the Kashmir issue. It said on one hand the Indian dispensation talks of initiating negotiations with Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue, while on the other it issues statements whereby it terms Kashmir as their internal issue.
The spokesman said the statement of Indian external affairs minister was an effort to brush aside the bitter political realties associated with the Kashmir issue. He said that Khurshid should know that Kashmir was an internationally recognised dispute. He said the UN considered it as a dispute and had passed several resolutions in this regard. He said as such the Indian minister's statements that the Kashmir problem was their internal issue did not hold any significant bearing on the dispute, adding, the dialogue between India and Pakistan from past seven decades itself testifies that Kashmir was an international dispute.
The party said India should take bold steps to solve the Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of people. It said this would bring Indian people out of the uncertainty and promise them and crores of others living in south Asia of peaceful and prosperous future.
The spokesperson said it would be better that if Indian leaders would "desist from issuing unrealistic statements and focus on how to start a meaningful dialogue between the stake holders to solve the Kashmir problem for once and all."