As Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj is visiting Pakistan, Hurriyet leaders believe that dialogue between Pakistan and India can only bear fruit by taking the Kashmiris, the basic party to the dispute, on board.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar asserting that he is not against dialogue said it is to be seen what led to the failure of talks held over the past six decades. “A serious effort should be made to address the causes that are creating problems in establishing trust and good relationship between the two nations,” he added.
“Until India and Pakistan take a bold step to resolve Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people, we can neither expect any breakthrough from the talks nor any considerable improvement in the mutual relationship of the two countries,” he said.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in his statement said, “We have lost faith in dialogue as an institution. Over the years four generations of Kashmir have been consumed since India and Pakistan holding series of talks.”
“The new regime in New Delhi blows up small issues to make them controversial and an atmosphere of confrontation and hatred has been created across India,” he stated. Yasin Malik said that Indian External Affairs Minister was on record saying that Kashmiris were not a party to the issue. “If this approach continues, then I don’t see anything would come out of the renewed talks between the two countries.”
Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in his statement said, “Though the talks between National Security Advisors of Pakistan and India in Bangkok might have positive impact on the relations between the two neighbours, the leadership of both countries should not forget that until the prime stakeholders – the Kashmiris – are involved in the dialogue process, they can’t reach any meaningful conclusion.”
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a media interview in Srinagar said that it was good to see that the leaders of India and Pakistan had separated issues in their meetings. “Good to see leaders talking on terrorism and Kashmir separately in their respective agenda. We hope something concrete comes out of the upcoming talks. The fact remains that the two countries have to take Kashmiri leadership on board and find a solution according to the aspirations of people of Kashmir, which is the core issue between the two countries.
APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Mukthar Ahmad Waza in his statement said that the talks could only be conclusive with the active involvement of pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir in the process.