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Dialogue a solution to Kasmir: Mirwaiz

Says Jammu would be the gateway to new political concept of Kashmir resolution, reports Sanjay Khajuria.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 19:28 IST
Sanjay Khajuria
Sanjay Khajuria

'Political will' will be of consequential importance to give broader vision to the ongoing initiation to resolve Kashmir problem, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in Jammu on Saturday.

Emphasising upon this, he visualised if the things go in the right perspective, Jammu will become the 'gateway to the new political concept' to resolve the Kashmir problem.

Mirwaiz, who is leaving for Pakistan on special invitation, said that Hurriyat would take up the matter with the think tanks and representatives of Pakistan to look beyond the conventional and orthodox concept and visualise it in broader terms comprising the five regions.

Replying to a query about five regions, he elaborated Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Northern frontiers and 'Azad Kashmir' (PoK). Further replying to another question about his to 'road map and approach' to be tabled during this visit, Mirwaiz gently said, "Hurriyat will discuss all issues in broader prospective and perceptions to reach at a rational way to end the confrontations."

A Common Minimum Programme could be chalked out to deal with this vexed problem, he said.

Looking for a positive response from India, Mirwaiz asserted that he had studied the Irish Peace Model, with appreciation to Tony Blair, Prime Minister of United Kingdom, he said same political will and keen intentions to get maximum from the ongoing peace process is the prerequisite from India.

At the same time he stressed that the Round Table Conference and Working Groups too ought to be broadened.

He emphasised they should not be confined within India and Jammu and Kashmir but be their circumference be widened to get the better outcome.

Whether he would meet the Indian premier during his stay at New Delhi, he instantly said that he would certainly meet him prior to his departure to Islamabad.

He stressfully said that Hurriyat would take the issue of 'self-governance' but with a broader approach with regional empowerment in all five regions of state for development through collective or joint management.

Clarifying the Hurriyat stand on the so-called 'self governance', he said, "When the Hurriyat demands 'self-rule', we look upon the issue with broader cusp, comprehensive and permanent settlement. We want self-rule not only in the Kashmir province but for all the five regions of the state, including 'Azad Kashmir' and the Northern Areas."

He reiterated that dialogue and not terrorism and the gun cultureis the solution to Kashmir problem. "Dialogue will open the way to solve the problem," Mirwaiz said.

Talks should be undertaken as a part of restrictive movement, he said.

To a question he said that all should be invited for dialogue including the United Jehad Council. Former Hurriyat chairmen Abdul Gani Bhat and Moulvi Abbas Ansari who will accompany Mirwaiz to Pakistan are also in Jammu.

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First Published: Jan 13, 2007 19:28 IST