Forget UN, India-Pak Must Talk: Hurriyat

Forget UN, India-Pak Must Talk: Hurriyat
Terming UN as a "failed body", the moderate Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq today said they expected little from it on the Kashmir issue and pressed for talks involving India, Pakistan and Kashmiris under 'international monitoring' to resolve the imbroglio.

"We cannot expect much from a body which has failed to implement its own resolutions (on Kashmir). India and Pakistan have to talk to Kashmiris under international monitoring for resolving the Kashmir issue," the Mirwaiz said addressing a seminar organised by the amalgam on the 61st anniversary of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

The Hurriyat has so far been pressing for implementation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir.

The Mirwaiz said such a dialogue process has to be time bound as "bilaterialism between the two countries has failed to make any progress".

The Hurriyat chairman, however, said that the wishes and aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir should be supreme while finding a solution to Kashmir issue.

"We have to impress upon India and Pakistan that whether the UN resolutions are implemented or not, Kashmiris are determined to continue their struggle for settlement of Kashmir issue and they are the masters of their destiny," he said.

Former Chairman of the Hurriyat Abdul Gani Bhat said while the UN resolutions provide the basis for resolution of Kashmir dispute, implementing these would be a difficult task in view of the conditions set within the resolutions.

"The UN resolutions are clear that Kashmiris are the masters of their destiny and any talks for resolving the issue should be based on this premise," Bhat said.

JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who was a special invitee to the seminar, said, "There should be no conditions attached while people of Jammu and Kashmir decide their future."

"If they decide to go with India or Pakistan, we will be with that decision," he said.

The Mirwaiz said that even though the Hurriyat had supported the confidence building measures between India and Pakistan and the four-point formula suggested by then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, these should not be mistaken as final resolution of the issue.

"The four-point formula was not the final settlement. If it was implemented or may be implemented in future, it will only be an interim arrangement as the final settlement of Kashmir has to be decided by the people," he said.

The Hurriyat Chairman claimed the government was "buying time" by implementing the CBMs.

"The trans-LoC bus service and trade has turned out to be nothing more than public relations exercise," he said.

Commenting on the regional aspirations within Jammu and Kashmir, the Mirwaiz said, "We admit that there are two-three districts which have different opinion (on Kashmir issue) but it should not be used to subvert the dominant opinion."

Mirwaiz said India and Pakistan should take lead from the joint research carried out by two media houses in India and Pakistan under the banner of "Aman Ki Asha" (hope for peace) to initiate steps for resolution of the long pending issue.

"More than 70 per cent of the respondents in both India and Pakistan have agreed that the resolution of Kashmir issue is the key for peace in the two countries," he said.
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