Make new beginning on Kashmir; Mirwaiz to India, Pakistan

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All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while welcoming the resumption of talks between Pakistan and India has expressed the hope that the two countries will show seriousness in resolving all issues including the Kashmir dispute for ensuring durable peace and stability in the South Asian region.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a gathering at the shrine of Khawaja Bahuddin Naqshband in Srinagar hoped that unlike past Pak-India talks would be carried forward with all seriousness and in a meaningful way. He said that dialogue was the most effective way to resolve the contentious issues between the two countries.

The Mirwaiz asked the two countries to make new beginning on Kashmir. “Kashmir being the most important pending issue between the two countries should get the attention it deserves because the continuation of this issue has been a stumbling block in the overall stability and progress of the region,” he added.

“Kashmir is basically a political and a human issue and needs a political solution. Both the countries will have to devise a mechanism in order to include the people of Kashmir in the dialogue because without their participation and without taking their aspirations into account there cannot be a just and agreeable solution to this issue,” he pointed out.

He said that despite being a military power, India had neither succeeded in crushing the Kashmiris’ just struggle for more than 25 years nor would be able to do so in the future.

The APHC Chairman said that the Muslim world was encountering various political and social problems and Muslim societies were getting more materialistic and getting caught in other menaces as they were getting far from the message and teachings of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and saints like Hazrat Naqshband and suggested that the only way to encounter these problems was to follow their teachings in letter and spirit.

The Mirwaiz took a dig at the Mufti Sayeed-led puppet regime for not paying attention towards the difficulties and problems faced by the people of the occupied territory. “It is unfortunate on part of the authorities that in the prevailing biting cold, people are forced to protest on streets as there is no ration in depots. There is no electricity and other necessities,” he added.

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