ISLAMABAD: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has deplored that India has never been serious in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
The APHC chairman was reacting to the recent assertion of Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai about Kashmir borders.
Mathai in an interview in New Delhi had said that India will be happy to start talks towards a deal to keep Kashmir’s borders as they are, but allow greater trade and movement of people across the Line of Control, Kashmir Media Service reported.
Farooq, addressing a gathering in Srinagar, said that the statement showed intransigent approach of New Delhi on Kashmir.
Veteran Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani, in his reaction, said that India had no right to issue such unrealistic statements. He maintained that Mathai’s statement was the reflection of New Delhi’s traditional policy. However, he said that such assertions would not change the ground situation and the facts about the Kashmir dispute.
Senior APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah, addressing in Srinagar a meeting of the activists of his party Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, said that the Kashmir dispute was the main impediment in the way of ensuring permanent peace in South Asia and friendly relations between Pakistan and India.
He stressed on the involvement of genuine Kashmiri leadership in the dialogue process to make it meaningful and result-oriented.
Another APHC leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan, addressing a public gathering at Watergam in Baramulla warned the Kashmiri people of the conspiracies being hatched by India to suppress their ongoing liberation movement.
In Islamabad, Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders in a meeting with the Member of British House of Lords, Lord Nazir Ahmad, discussed the latest human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and stressed the need for more effectively projecting the Kashmir dispute at all international forums.