April 2003 News

Kashmiri's participation must in India Pakistan talks Mirwaiz

25 April 2003
News Network International

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, former chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has reiterated that participation of genuine Kashmiri leadership is must in India Pakistan talks on Kashmir issue. Mirwaiz, in a media interview in Srinagar, noted that given the dimensions of the Kashmir problem, it is necessary for both India and Pakistan to take APHC into consideration for resolving the Kashmir issue. 'We represent the liberation sentiment of the people of the state. We feel that at one stage or another, both New Delhi and Islamabad have to take the liberation groups into consideration while reaching any agreement. We want that we too should be involved in the process. If not now, let it be at a later stage', he said. The former Hurriyat chairman however, saw the Vohra's 'Mission Kashmir' with skepticism. 'We are little bit confused about Vohra's mission. He has himself said that his priority is to talk to the so-called elected representatives of occupied Kashmir. We do not fit in that bracket. On the contrary the rules of engagement states that the two peeved sections should talk. Talking to those who are already accepting New Delhi's whims holds no water', he said.


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