Rail service no solution to Kashmir issue: Mirwaiz
As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's upcoming Kashmir visit nears, both moderate and hardline separatists say they "expect little" and have called for a complete shutdown.india Updated: Jun 21, 2013 20:37 IST
As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's upcoming Kashmir visit nears, both moderate and hardline separatists say they "expect little" and have called for a complete shutdown.
"Inaugurating rail services or announcing economic packages are no substitute to actual political solution to the Kashmir dispute. If the PM has any positive approach, he should work on the confidence-building measures (CBMs) suggested by us," said moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his telephonic address to his supporters in Srinagar on the 49th foundation day of the Awami Action Committee --- the separatist leader's parent organisation.
The Mirwaiz, who has been demanding demilitarisation and revocation of AFSPA among four-points as CBMs for any dialogue process, was put under house arrest on Friday.
"I ask people to observe a shutdown on June 25. We are being forced to resort to such tactics," he said.
The Mirwaiz, who has proposed India-Pakistan summit level talks in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad on Kashmir ahead of the PM's tour, said, "Unfortunately, Indian leadership has always shown cold shoulder towards ground realities here and only sees at Kashmir through an economic prism."
"Time has come for India to show a pragmatic approach towards the problem and end its negative politics. There is history of broken promises. The need is to start a dialogue with all three stakeholders at the table for an acceptable solution," he said.
The Mirwaiz has rejected any chances of him joining the electoral process as the media reports suggested that the PM might ask separatists for the same during his visit.
"We will never participate in electoral process till we are given chance to determine our fate. Elections were held in the past also and these cannot be alternative to right to self determination."
Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chief Yasin Malik have already issued s shutdown call. Both leaders in separate statements have said the PM has failed to address the Kashmir problem and the protest call "is to remind him of broken promises".
First Published: Jun 21, 2013 20:35 IST