Ready to break bread with Modi, says Mirwaiz

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2015 00:27 IST

A few days after PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir started with a promise of engaging with the separatists, moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq says he has no problems in talking with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"It all depends on the political will to solve the Kashmir issue. Be it Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have no problem entering into a dialogue with anybody," said Mirwaiz Umar.

"As a matter of policy we believe that dialogue is the only solution. We really appreciate the renewed dialogue between the two countries. However it should not get stuck at the bureaucratic level but more forward to political level," he added.

Mirwaiz spoke to Hindustan Times a day after All Parties Hurriyat Conference faction headed by him welcomed the renewed talks between India and Pakistan and also hinted at engaging in a dialogue.

In a statement on Wednesday the moderate faction had said that they are ready to "move forward".

"The Vajpayee initiative has a lot of scope, if it is revisited a lot can be achieved," he added.

"Hurriyat's main aim is to achieve some political solution to the Kashmir issue. Who talks to whom first should not matter but ultimately it has to be a Delhi-Srinagar-Islamabad and Muzaffarabad dialogue so that all the stake holders are engaged, he added

The PDP-BJP common minimum programme talked about engaging Pakistan and separatists in a meaningful dialogue.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had also credited Hurriyat and Pakistan for the 'successful conduct of the elections in the state'.

In another step, the Mufti-led government instructed police to initiate a process of releasing all political prisoners in Jammu and Kashmir against whom no criminal charges are registered.

He also directed that passport clearances should be done in a time-bound manner.

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