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Kashmir may witness positive developments: Mirwaiz

Mirwaizhas shared his delight over the success of his visit with his colleagues over phone, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2007 22:36 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is overflowing with optimism on his return from the 10-day-long visit of Pakistan and he hoped that some positive developments on Kashmir would unfold in next two to three months.

He has shared his delight over the success of his visit with his colleagues over phone soon after his arrival in Delhi on Friday night. "It was a very fruitful visit of the Hurriyat Conference," Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman of the moderate faction of the APHC told Hindustan Times.

Quoting Mirwaiz, he said, "some positive developments on the Kashmir front are expected in next two to three months." He would unfold exact details of what transpired during the visit and what developments are expected on Kashmir in Srinagar on Thursday.

His supporters are planning a massive reception for him. "We have moved ahead in our effort to seek a peaceful solution of Kashmir crisis," the Mirwaiz said.

What has pleased the Hurriyat Conference leadership the most is that there was an "overwhelming support for our view of seeking solution through dialogue," the Mirwaiz told his colleagues.

Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was particularly emphatic in declaring that the extremist elements trying to create confusion in the minds of Kashmiris about Pakistan’s stand need to be confronted and discouraged.

In fact, the delegation had two meetings with President Musharraf, in which the moderate Hurriyat Conference leaders extensively deliberated upon the Kashmir situation, improving Indo-Pak ties.

The Hurriyat Conference discussed in detail the four-point formula of President Musharraf for Kashmir solution. Each and every part of the formula, from the geographical definition of J&K on either side of the LoC to demilitarisation, self-governance and joint control of J&K, came in for a threadbare discussion.

That was also part of its discussions with other leaders in Pakistan, where the Hurriyat leaders learnt that many in Pakistan were not aware of the basics of the formula of President Musharraf.

But the greater highlight of the Hurriyat Conference’s delegation in Pakistan was its meetings with the leaders of some of the constituents of the United Jehad Council - an apex body of the terrorist outfits coordinating and commanding the terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir from PoK.

These were termed as 'very successful meetings', by the Hurriyat Conference leadership. It also showed that there were elements within the UJC that is headed by Syed Salaha-ud-Din, willing to listen to the voices of moderation.

This meeting was also significant because it came after Hurriyat Conference Chairman had given a call for an end to the armed struggle and pleaded for a path of dialogue and reconciliation to achieve the goal of a honourable solution for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Salaha-ud-Din did not meet the Hurriyat leaders. But Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, who is the leader of Al-Umar Mujahideen group, met the leaders. He was released in exchange of the hijacked passengers of IC 814 in December 1999.

Now the Hurriyat Conference is hoping that India too would give a positive response to its initiatives. The APHC delegation that angered the extremist elements in J&K by its Pakistan visit, is hoping that the people would know what is right and wrong very soon.

"Whatever we will do, will be as per the aspirations of the people of J&K," the Mirwaiz said in Islamabad. Two other delegation members were Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani Lone.  Bhat, however, has stayed back in Pakistan.

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First Published: Jan 28, 2007 22:36 IST

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