Hurriyat no to PM invite
KASHMIR PEACE talks have been dealt a blow. The All-Parties' Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has decided to stay away from the round-table conference on Kashmir called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 25.india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 01:33 IST
KASHMIR PEACE talks have been dealt a blow. The All-Parties' Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has decided to stay away from the round-table conference on Kashmir called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 25.
The decision will leave the mahapanchayat without the separatist viewpoint. Both factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Jamait-i-Islami have said no to the invite.
"We have discussed the invitation in the joint meeting of our executives, general council and working committee on Monday. It has unanimously been decided not to participate in the conference", Mirwaiz read a written statement before the media persons after the meeting.
The time, Farooq said, was not ripe for such a conference. "All the three parties involved in the dispute over Kashmir (India, Pakistan and Kashmiri representative) are yet to make a forward movement on the dialogue. In this backdrop, there is no need for a roundtable conference. When the need for such a conference arises, leaders from both parts of the line of control besides Pakistan and India should be invited to this conference," Mirwaiz said.
The Hurriyat chairman, however, clarified that if the government wanted to consult other sections of the people to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, "we will not oppose it".
"But to find the final solution, governments of India and Pakistan will have to talk to those parties only, which have stood for the disputed status of Kashmir since inception," Mirwaiz said.
First Published: Feb 21, 2006 01:33 IST