Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called for resumption of composite dialogue between India and Pakistan in his Friday sermon saying “his political party will extend full support to the dialogue process if it gains significant ground”.
“If government of India is serious to resolve disputes with its neighbour Pakistan, it has to resume and pace up peaceful composite dialogue to find an amicable and long lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute,” the Mirwaiz told hundreds of devotees before the Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar’s Nowhatta area.
The Mirwaiz said any solution to the Kashmir problem should be acceptable to India and Pakistan besides being in accordance to the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.
Saying there is a need of bold and strong political view by India and Pakistan, the Mirwaiz said he will support the composite dialogue if it makes significant progress on issues.
“But the Hurriyat has cleared its stand in the past that Kashmir has to be central to any composite dialogue between India and Pakistan,” said the Mirwaiz.
The Mirwaiz also demanded “change in ground situation” before engaging into any dialogue process. “We have already forwarded four-point condition to the government of India,” said the Mirwaiz, who is also head priest of Kashmir.
The Mirwaiz’s demands include release of political prisoners, end to human rights abuses, demilitarization of populated areas and repealing of the laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Disturbed Area Act.
He called upon New Delhi not to waste time in the back drop of changing global scenario to resolve the Kashmir issue. “Participation of Kashmiris is must in a dialogue process,” said the Mirwaiz.