Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq, head of the moderate faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, leaves for a weeklong visit to Europe on December 11 starting with Ireland.
Mirwaiz’s visit is aimed at studying the Good Friday peace agreement reached upon between Irish Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998 and its relevance, if any, to the dispute of Kashmir. He would also visit, Oslo, the capital City of Norway during trip.
Mirwaiz disclosed this in a meeting of around 1500 delegates, leaders and senior functionaries of his faction of the Hurriyat amalgam in Srinagar on Saturday. "I am going to Northern Ireland to study the peace agreement. We would study all the aspects of the agreement and see, if there is any scope for such peace agreement in our case”, he said.
Mirwaiz said that he would also be visiting Oslo, where a peace treaty was worked out between Israeli government and Yasir Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993.
Mirwaiz said that Kashmir issue has become the centre of global attention and given the sensitivity of the issue, the need for its resolution is felt all over the world.
“Kashmir is not a bilateral a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. Its tentacles are spread right from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad to Islamabad to New Delhi. Unless all the three parties—India, Pakistan and Kashmiri people—relinquish their traditional positions and prepare for a meaningful dialogue, problems would appear towards resolution of the issue.” he said.
Mirwaiz said that there had been a movement forward for the resolution of Kashmir problem and “we hope some extraordinary things taking place in near future in this regard.” He asked people to remain vigilant from the “confusion some parties were creating by using the slogan of self-rule.”
“We don’t agree with the self-rule, pro India parties are pleading for. They want self-rule under Indian constitution. It is not acceptable to us”, he said.
Mirwaiz said that they supported the idea of self-rule proposed by Pakistan President General Parvez Musharaf. “Pakistan advocates that solution to the issue of Kashmir, which would be acceptable to the people of Kashmir”, Mirwaiz said, “while as India wants to resolve it within the framework of its constitution”.
He said that a Hurriyat leaders’ team would soon visit Pakistan. “This visit would be of historical importance with regard to the resolution of Kashmir issue”, Mirwaiz said adding, “we will try to get together all the Kashmiri leaders on both sides of the LOC to make our struggle more meaningful”. Molvi Abbas Ansari and Bilal gani Lone also addressed the Hurriyat delegates.