Entire separatist leadership on Friday drew attention of visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards ongoing Kashmir conflict, sought political solution and hinted at engaging with him if "seriousness shown". "Lingering Kashmir issue is a danger for peace in South Asia. Economic progress and regional stability are connected to the solution of the Kashmir issue. Till the dispute is not solved in its proper historical perspective, political rights of Kashmiris are not recognised and till the meaningful steps are not take to take the talks forward, tension and instability would continue to rule the region," said moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Despite facing tirade from hardline Hurriyat for cozying up to PM Modi with his favourable statements, the Mirwaiz said, "If we see any signs of a serious, imaginative and courageous effort to find a solution, Kashmiris will definitely respond with an even greater sense of seriousness, imagination and courage."
He said, "It is too early to say if Modi will follow in the footsteps of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who in the past, promised to resolve the Kashmir dispute within the ambit of humanity."
Separatist JKLF, too, asked the PM to address the core issue. "Today's peaceful and total protest strike in entire Kashmir must serve as an eyeopener to Modi, the BJP and the RSS. It should make him revisit their anti-Kashmir approach and policies," said JKLF leader Noor Mohammad Kalwal.
Asking PM Modi to respect the people's sentiments, aspirations and struggle, the JKLF asked the Prime Minister "to take positive steps to resolve Jammu and Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of people here".
Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani, while reacting to Modi's remark to win people's faith by development, said, "No development project can win faith of people but a serious effort to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of people."