We will not allow anyone to sell blood of Kashmiris: Mirwaiz

On his return from Pakistan, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that his next step would be to constitute the "contact groups? to carry forward the peace process.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2007 12:37 IST
Arun Joshi

All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was full of exuberance on his return to Srinagar on Thursday and said that his next step would be to constitute the "contact groups” to carry forward the peace process and declared that "vested interests will not be allowed to sell the blood of Kashmiris."

“We will not allow anyone to sell the blood of Kashmiris,” he told Hindustan Times in a telephonic interview. “There are vested interests selling the blood of Kashmiris for their personal glory. These blood selling vends will have to close down,” he said.

Mirwaiz was happy at the tremendous response that he had received on his return from his Pakistan visit, the highlight of which was his meetings with the leadership of Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He met Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf twice and deliberated in detail about the four-point formula on resolution of Kashmir.

His interaction with the PoK leadership was devoted to seeki8ng measures in working out a joint mechanism for tackling the Kashmir issue.

During his visit, the Mirwaiz had surprised everyone by his declaration that the armed struggle had only expanded graveyards and delivered death and destruction. He had called for an end to the military option by all sides, including the Indian establishment and militants.

After having made his line of thinking and expression clear in Pakistan, the response which he received, thousands of people joining his massive cavalcade, the Mirwaiz said is the "vocal endorsement of our stand".

He said that the reception that he had received in summer capital was “quite encouraging.”

"It was more so after what happened Wednesday night,” Mirwaiz said in reference to grenade attack at the APHC headquarters.

The Mirwaiz said that there would be two contact groups, in which attempt would be made to involve all shades of opinion. The two groups- one each for the two sides of Jammu and Kashmir- this side and the other across the LoC- would communicate with each other and build upon common ideas.

“We will start this process from the next month itself,” Mirwaiz said and declared that, “we are determined to carry forward this process.”

Outlining task of the contact groups, the Mirwaiz, said that the “visit was successful” and our two primary goals would be to have “demilitarization and open borders. We will do everything that is good for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

The APHC chairman said that he was happy that there was a wide support for his initiatives and he has appealed to the militant leadership to board the process of seeking solution through dialo0gue.

He, however, was evasive as to whom all militant leaders he met during his visit of Pakistan. “I did meet some of them, but I will divulge the details later.”

The Mirwaiz’s meetings with the militant leadership in Pakistan have come under sharp scanner. But he said his intention and purpose is to “bring everyone on board so that a peaceful and honourable solutio0n could be worked out.”

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First Published: Feb 02, 2007 12:37 IST