Blowing hot and cold in the same breath, Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday resisted from laying down any agenda for the dialogue process, instead asked New Delhi to “express sincerity through solid steps”.
“Quite diplomacy or open diplomacy, nothing will work unless and until some significant measures are taken to creative conducive atmosphere for talks,” said Farooq to a Friday congregation at downtown Jama Masjid, his bastion.
The Mirwaiz was expected to announce the talks agenda but he desisted from reaching out to New Delhi on talks.
Farooq accused New Delhi of not having consistency in their approach on the Kashmir issue. “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says one thing and his General Officer Commanding says completely different things. There is different language in different places used by India leadership. New Delhi need to create one language on the issue,” said the Mirwaiz.
He also rejected bilateralism on the Kashmir problem and proposed triangular dialogue in first place and trilateral dialogue later. “Srinagar-New Delhi and Srinagar-Islamabad and Srinagar-Muzaffarabad dialogues are only way to resolve the issue,” said Farooq.
He, however, described recent statements of the PM and the Home Minister as “positive and encouraging.”
Terming all regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as one geographical unit, the Mirwaiz said any solution to the Kashmir issue will have representation from Jammu and other regions.
“We need to create a consensus among the leadership in Kashmir. It’s nobody’s personal war. Jammu people will be taken into confidence while resolving the issue,” he added.
He reiterated his demand of six-point confidence building measures (CBMs) --- release of political prisoners, revocation of the Disturbed Area Act, demilitarization, stopping human rights abuses, allowing leadership to move freely to other part of Kashmir -- to pave way for talks in Kashmir.