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International pressure on India, Pakistan to resolve Kashmir

Groups of European countries and international bodies are visiting next month to prevail upon the New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve Kashmir issue, reports Rashid Ahmad.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 17:09 IST
Rashid Ahmad
Rashid Ahmad

Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq, chairman of hard-line faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, said that international pressure was building up on India and Pakistan to resolve the issue of Kashmir.

He said that several groups of European countries and various international bodies are visiting India and Pakistan next month to prevail upon the New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve Kashmir issue.

"These visit would begin with the visit of a parliamentary delegation of European countries on January 4, who would hold discussions with the leaders in India and Pakistan", Mirwaiz said.

The delegation will have meetings with the leaders of Hurriyat Conference as well, the Hurriyat chairman told to the congregation at Srinagar's Jamia masjid on Friday.

Mirwaiz, who recently visited some western countries including Ireland and Norway, said, " During my visit, I felt that several countries not only support our cause but also favour a peaceful solution of the issue according to the wishes of Kashmiri people."

Referring to the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Hurriyat chairman said that military action was no solution to the issues. "Government of India should realise this fact and should find ways to resolve the issue of Kashmir politically", he added.

Mirwaiz accused security forces of violating human rights across the state with impunity. "Despite the assurance from the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the graph of human rights violations has gone up and innocent people are killed and property ruined daily", he alleged.

First Published: Dec 29, 2006 17:09 IST