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Sidelining Kashmir led to failed Indo-Pak dialogue: Mirwaiz

india Updated: Jul 16, 2010 21:04 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
Hindustan Times
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Moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday claimed that "sidelining the Kashmir problem" at the foreign ministers-level talks between India and Pakistan on Thursday "once again lead to failed dialogue between the two countries".

"It's unfortunate that whenever India decided to talk to Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership to resolve the problem, its approach remained negative," said tMirwaiz in a statement issued from his residence at Nageen, where he continues to be under house arrest.

Mirwaiz said "till the core issue, which is the Kashmir issue, is not resolved, the dialogue process will be nothing but held for the heck of it".

Farooq said "the sad part is that we are still caught in jugglery of words and political jargons and there does not seem to be any sincerity on resolving the issue."

"Yes, there are other issues which are also important but we have maintained that India-Pakistan dialogue can only be in the right direction if we see some changes on the ground...," he added.

The Hurriyat chairman said he was very disappointed that no headway was made during the dialogue.

"There was a hope that some political initiative between India and Pakistan would generate some interests among people of Kashmir but people of Kashmir are very disappointed that nothing has come out from the talks apart from rhetoric," he said.

He called for "a proper mechanism".

"We need to address issues politically,amicably and peacefully, otherwise we are back to square one."

"Unless India with an open agenda, sincerity and seriousness approaches the true leadership of Kashmir and Pakistan, the dialogue process won't yield anything," said Mirwaiz, who, of late, has hardened his stand over the Kashmir issue in the wake of mass unrest in the Valley.

Rejecting Foreign Minister SM Krishna's assertion that "Kashmir is an internal issue", the Mirwaiz claimed the problem is an "international one and accepted by the international forums being so".

"Kashmir is a dispute that India needs to resolve with Kashmiris, and Pakistan is an important party to it," he added.

Mirwaiz, who continues to advocate peaceful protests against Indian rule, condemned, what he called, "the rampant and prolonged detentions of Kashmiryouth".

"Such measures will not break the resolve and the determination of people of the state to fight for right to self-determination," he warned.

He also condemned the authorities' decision to place most of the Hurriyat leaders under the house arrest. It's for the third week that Mirwaiz was not allowed to lead prayers, being head priest, at historic Jama Masjid in old Srinagar's Nowhatta area.