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Mirwaiz starts signature campaign to seek US role

Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has decided to launch a state-wide signature campaign seeking the United States' intervention in the Kashmir issue. Peerzada Ashiq reports.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2010 00:48 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has decided to launch a state-wide signature campaign seeking the United States' (US) intervention in the Kashmir issue.

“Both India and Pakistan have failed to resolve the Kashmir dispute in the last six decades. So Hurriyat constituents have decided to seek Washington’s intervention to prevail upon the two countries to resolve it,” the Mirwaiz told the Hindustan Times.

The Hurriyat Conference constituents on Sunday held executive and general body meetings where it was “unanimously decided to start a signature campaign seeking US attention and its role”.

The US president Barack Obama is scheduled to visit India in the first week of November and might stay for four days.

It is after 10 years that the Hurriyat has raised its pitch asking for the US role.

Both the factions of the Hurriyat, led by the Mirwaiz and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, actively sought the US help during the then American president Bill Clinton’s visit to India in March 2000. The visit was overshadowed by the killing of 34 Sikhs in south Kashmir’s Chattisinghpora area by unidentified militants.

In the past, the moderate Hurriyat has maintained that “since the US is close and good friends with Pakistan and India it can play a role in resolving the issue”. The US has always maintained it was ready to play a role of “facilitator not mediator” if asked by the two countries.

“We have always sought the US intervention since it has been expressing concern and showing interest in the Kashmir issue, It is also a global power and a champion of democracy and people’s rights” Hurriyat spokesman Shahid-ul-Islam told the HT.