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Don't miss the Pak bus yet again: Mirwaiz

The Hurriyat chairman said that only dialogue could fetch the resolution of the 59-year-old vexed issue.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2007 21:31 IST

Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday called upon New Delhi to initiate an internal ceasefire in the state and promised Hurriyat would later impress the terrorist leadership to reciprocate.

After holding a meeting with the various Jammu based political parties, displaced Kashmiri Hindu organisations, trader community and Jammu based intellectuals, Mirwaiz told mediapersons that New Delhi, being the bigger party, should initiate the ceasefire.

The Hurriyat chairman on his visit to Jammu before leaving for Pakistan promised, "All Parties Hurriyat Conference would compliment this move of India."

Mirwaiz, the head priest of Kashmir, said guns were no solution to the Kashmir dispute and only dialogue could fetch the resolution of the 59-year-old vexed issue.

"Hurriyat is trying to generate consensus for a united Kashmir voice," said Mirwaiz, who is considered a forward-looking Kashmiri leader having a mass following in the state.

The Hurriyat chairman also urged upon New Delhi to come up with its roadmap on Kashmir. "We would welcome the proposals from New Delhi on
the resolution of the long-standing dispute of Kashmir," he added.

Mirwaiz said that he had thoroughly studied the Irish Peace Process model and called upon New Delhi to have a political will exhibited by the United Kingdom in resolving the conflict in Northern Ireland.

"For the last eight years, not a single bullet has been fired in Northern Ireland," he added crediting the England Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labour Party for giving up the traditional stand of England on the issue.

Mirwaiz also said that the Hurriyat doves were not averse of participating in the Round Table Conferences and Working Groups. However, he added that such conferences should not be confined to the three regions of Kashmir on this side of LoC – Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh but also the other two regions across LoC – 'Azad Kashmir' and northern areas.

He called upon institutionalizing the dialogue process so that it doesn't derail in case of any eventuality. Commenting upon the extremist Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani's call of strike on January 17 against the dialogue process between New Delhi and Islamabad and some separatist leaders, Mirwaiz said, "Geelani Sahab is caught up in history. Post 9/11 the global order is changing and new structures are emerging."

On the role of United Nations for failing to resolve the Kashmir issue, Mirwaiz said, "UN has failed Iraq, Afghanistan as well as

Earlier, former APHC chairman and Muslim Conference chief Abdul Gani Bhat claimed that the Kashmir resolution was on cards in the near

"The back channel diplomacy is on. Kashmir dispute would be solved soon. Now it is we who've to jump into the bandwagon of Kashmir resolution lest we miss the bus. And if we miss the bus, our future generations would curse us for not playing a part in the Kashmir resolution despite being the main party to the dispute," he said.

National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Hurriyat spokesperson also exchanged ideas with the Jammu leadership.

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First Published: Jan 14, 2007 21:31 IST