November 2002 News

Ready for any solution to Kashmir issue besides trilateral dialogue: Hurriyat

6 November 2002
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said the Kashmir issue could be resolved only through a trilateral dialogue, though it maintained it was ready to discuss any other solution that would meet the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The Hurriyat stand is quite clear that if Kashmir issue is to be resolved through negotiations, then the three basic parties to the problem - India, Pakistan and genuine representatives of Kashmiris - have to be involved, senior Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said at a seminar here. A dialogue process should be initiated and ''if a solution that meets the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir arises out of it, we will abide by it,'' he said. Mirwaiz said a lot of noises have been made that he was willing to discuss autonomy as a solution to Kashmir issue. ''Let me make it clear that autonomy does not constitute a solution to Kashmir issue. I believe that if Delhi wants to discuss autonomy, we have our own agenda and proposals to discuss with them,'' he added. Addressing the differences within the amalgam, the former Hurriyat chairman said there is a lack of coordination among the various sections - political, diplomatic and military - of the movement. Emphasising that the 23-party conglomerate should initiate social programmes besides the political platform, Mirwaiz said the people would be alienated from us, if we do not listen to their problems and involve them with the movement.


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