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Hurriyat to visit Pak, PoK

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq says a team of Hurriyat leaders would visit Pakistan and PoK to discuss the proposals about Kashmir issue.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 15:33 IST

On his return to the valley after attending the Pugwash conference in Cairo, Egypt, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman and Kashmir's head priest Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that a team of Hurriyat leaders would visit Pakistan and PoK to discuss the proposals about the Kashmir issue.

A number of proposals are being floated as possible solutions for the 59-year-old Kashmir dispute after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that New Delhi would welcome to discuss all possible solutions.

After Pakistan President Parvez Musharaff accepted that the implementation of the United Nations resolutions, which call for conducting a plebiscite in the state giving a right to the people to either accede to India or Pakistan, was not possible and also rejected granting independence to Kashmir, proposals like his own concept of self-rule in the region have come up.

Some other proposals include Mirwaiz's vision of having a United States of Kashmir, regional federalism, Peoples Democratic Party's concept of self-rule, which calls for returning back to the instrument of accession papers signed between the state and New Delhi and National Conferences concept of a greater autonomy to the state.

Mirwaiz also informed that the Hurriyat leaders would also exchange views with New Delhi regarding such proposals coming up.

Addressing a Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid in the volatile downtown Srinagar, Mirwaiz said Kashmir issue remains the basic reason for strained relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.

He stated that the Kashmir issue had now come to the forefront and the entire world was now of the opinion that the issue should be resolved at the earliest for creating a peaceful atmosphere in the sub-continent. "The political leaders worldwide strongly want that efforts should be made to resolve the Kashmir dispute," he said.

Mirwaiz termed the talks held recently between the Indo-Pak foreign secretaries as encouraging and hoped that both countries would now adopt a positive approach for resolving the long-pending Kashmir issue. "India should give up its traditional approach about Kashmir and come out of the obsessions regarding Kashmir," he said.

He said that his conglomerate had also some proposals, which it would discuss with the leadership in Islamabad and New Delhi. Mirwaiz's remarks are seen in the context that New Delhi might invite the Hurriyat for another round of talks.

Mirwaiz, who is considered to be a handful of forward looking Kashmiri leaders also expressed concern over how the West saw the Islamic teaching in a wrong perspective. Sharing his experiences of Cairo he said while discussing the problems facing the Muslim world, he found that most leaders in the West saw the Islamic teachings in a wrong perspective. "Islam is the peace-loving religion and Muslims all across the world want to live in peace," he said.

First Published: Nov 18, 2006 15:33 IST