Hurriyat rejects J&K autonomy proposal

Hurriyat demands involvement of leaders of both sides of Kashmir in order to reach settlement.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 22:41 IST

Rejecting Centre's autonomy proposal for Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference on Friday demanded involvement of leaders of both sides of the divided Kashmir in order to reach a negotiated settlement of the Kashmir issue.

"Hurriyat wants to clarify that the Kashmir issue is a trilateral problem involving India, Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir. We will not be a part of the dialogue wherein internal autonomy will be discussed, which is a futile exercise," moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said.

Bilaterial negotiation between New Delhi and Srinagar and New Delhi and Islamabad have failed to address the problem, if India wants to resolve Kashmir through a roundtable, it should involve the leadership of Kashmiris on the either side of the Line of Control and Pakistan because Kashmir issue has all the three parties involved in it, he told a Friday congregation.

Mirwaiz also sought a timeframe for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

"Hurriyat believes in such a dialogue which would lead to the final settlement of Kashmir issue and wants a time-frame of one or two years be set to resolve the long-standing problem," he said and termed the just concluded roundtable as merely a "seminar".

Turning to the mainstream parties, Mirwaiz said those parties which attended the roundtable conference should clarify their positions with regard to everlasting solution of Kashmir issue.

"If they are well wishers of Kashmiris they should understand the stark realities," he said but did not elaborate.

The solution of kashmir issue is impossible unless all the three parties to the dispute sit together and workout the solution, he said.

Mirwaiz said Hurriyat is desireous of peaceful and everlasting solution of Kashmir issue and had initiated the dialogue process as per the constitution of the separatist amalgam to resolve the issue as per the wishes and aspirations of the people.

"We sincerely hope that this process progresses well but the cooperation of India and Pakistan for success of the process is imperative," he said.

First Published: May 26, 2006 18:33 IST