Talking peace: Imran, Mirwaiz urge Kashmir demilitarisation

Say Kashmir solution is the key to durable peace in the region.

Our Correspondent December 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq urged India on Tuesday to withdraw troops from the disputed Himalayan region to promote the peace process with Pakistan.

The time has come to withdraw troops from Kashmir Valley, the Mirwaiz told a joint news conference Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Islamabad. You [India and Pakistan] cannot come closer until the issue of Kashmir is resolved.

Imran, who has invited the APHC leader and a seven-member delegation to Islamabad, endorsed the idea of troop pullout from Indian-administered Kashmir.

Demilitarisation is the only way to restore peace in Kashmir, said the PTI chief. The Kashmir issue has not been resolved because Pakistan and India lack powerful leaderships.

According to the Mirwaiz, the Indian government also realises that military presence is not the solution to the Kashmir conundrum.

We hope India will show flexibility on the issue, that Indian political leadership will consider the voice of hundreds and thousands of people taking to the streets against its military aggression in Kashmir, he said, comparing the recent upsurge in Kashmir protests with the Arab Spring.

The APHC chief said both nuclear neighbours could no longer make big decisions without taking the Kashmiri leadership into confidence.

Steps like granting the most favoured nation status to India, implementation of a liberal visa regime, and opening of more border crossings, will remain partially ineffective until both countries seek the consent of the Kashmiri people, he added.

During the press conference, the Mirwaiz evaded a question about the stance of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the chairman of a hard-line faction of APHC.



Dr.A. K.Tewari | 8 years ago | Reply

Military may move to contonments if Pakistan also withdras its forces from the boarder and cheacks the infilteration of terrorists . Ordinary kashmiri is participating in the national and state election for the last 65 years continuously and doing bussiness with all parts of India freely and enjoying the fruits of national progress .Now after seeing the pathetic condition of pakistan misguided people on religious ground have to rethink about the freedom they are demanding on the basis of narrow religious ground . Kashmir has suffered a lot due to cross border terrorism . Pakistan is now facing the repercussions of its anti India policy . It is my sincere advice to Umar Faruq to talk with Umar Abdulla rather than Jehadee Imran Khan for a peaceful future of Kashmiri people .

Antebellum | 8 years ago | Reply

Imran Khan the statesman.

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