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HindustanTimes Mon,01 Sep 2014

Jammu

Modi-Nawaz meeting: Moderate separatists optimistic, hawks pessimistic
Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, May 27, 2014
First Published: 20:37 IST(27/5/2014)
Last Updated: 20:39 IST(27/5/2014)

Ignored by visiting Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharief, separatists on Tuesday showed a mixed response to the one-hour meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart.

Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq described the meeting as "positive development.""Any immediate step, symbolic or otherwise, aimed to improve the relationship between India and Pakistan is welcome. However, Kashmir must not be ignored or brushed aside," said the Mirwaiz.

He asked both the countries to convert this meeting into an opportunity for concrete dialogue.

"Tuesday's meeting should be followed by a serious and result-oriented process of dialogue. For this to happen, India and Pakistan must engage the people of Jammu and Kashmir as an active and true partner in the search for peace," he added.

Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani ignored the Sharief-Modi meeting saying "it is too early to be optimistic about Modi taking the reins".

"We hope the new dispensation in Delhi accepts historical realities and make serious efforts to engage Kashmiri and Pakistani leadership for a resolution," said Geelani in a statement without making any reference to the meeting between the two prime ministers in Delhi.

Instead, Geelani's faction of Hurriyat, which was ignored by Sharief as no invitation was extended to any of the separatists this time, harped on rights issue in Kashmir and asked the international community to intervene.

It asked the international community, without naming Pakistan, "to play its responsible role in solving the long pending dispute".

"During past 25 years, the way rights violations were carried out, political rights of people usurped and militarization of the area carried out, it should act as a cause of worry and concern," said Geelani's Hurriyat.


 


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