No Question Of Discontinuing Talks: Ghani Bhat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Mirwaiz Farooq
20 May 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: Claiming that their dialogue process with government of India enjoys the support of Pakistan President Gen Parvez Musharraf, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (A) has said there was no question of discontinuing the talks in view of the fresh threats. This was stated by senior Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat at a seminar- Importance of Kashmir issue in the back drop of Indo-Pak relations. The seminar was organised by Hurriyat Conference in connection with the death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. 'For the last two days rumours are doing round that Prof Bhat and Moulana Abbass Hussain Ansari will be killed. We are being threatened. Have not they quenched their thirst by killing Moulana Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone and Qazi Nisar? We know who is the killer and if this time anything happened to any one the killers will be exposed in full public view', Prof Bhat said. He added that they have no enmity with those hurling threats. 'We will continue the dialogue as we do not get cowed down by threats. We have held two rounds of talks with New Delhi and we consider those as our political and diplomatic victory,' Prof Bhat said. He claimed that they had gone for talks with New Delhi after the approval by people. 'We talked to Pakistan for five hours and with India for two and a half hours. Gen Musharraf considers these talks as a good beginning and we are moving ahead on his directions. But still we are being accused of a sell out. We want to know as what kind of sell out we have indulged in', Prof Bhat said. Both India and Pakistan have also realised the importance of the dialogue process. Hurriyat Conference would make it a point to hold talks with the Pakistani leadership sooner or later, KTNS quoted him as saying. Taking a dig at the people who are opposing the dialogue process, Prof Bhat said nobody asks India and Pakistan about their readiness to shift their stand on Kashmir. All are bent upon showing their might to the poor Kashmiris. ' But when Mirwaiz or Ansari talk on the same wavelength as do the governments of India and Pakistan, they are being dubbed as traitors', he said. Prof Bhat said people would be taken into confidence about each and every programme of the conglomerate. He added that people would be informed about the details of the talks that the conglomerate had so far held with the central government. 'We would inform the people about the issues which are likely to come up during the third round of talks with the central government. There are five issues on which the former deputy former L K Advani had agreed to talk with us during the third round' said Bhat. He added that these would include substantive issues on which both the central government and the leaders of the conglomerate had agreed upon. Referring to the unity moves among pro-freedom leaders, Prof Bhat said Ansari was ready to give up the post of chairman to forge unity. 'But why do not those criticising us are ready to come forward. He said we are not labourers we have a right to elect our chairman', he said. Prof Bhat said that the conglomerate has made it possible that functional togetherness and workable togetherness are ensured while finding out a solution to the Kashmir issue. He added that people living in the different regions of the state have different aspirations and the conglomerate would ensure that wishes and aspirations of the people are properly considered. In his speech the chairman of Awami Action Committee (AAC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that India is a big country and 'we cannot fight it alone and it is necessary that we seek the support and cooperation of the world community for the resolution of the Kashmir issue'. Mirwaiz said it is due to the efforts of the Hurriyat Conference that the Kashmir issue has hogged the limelight on the international arena. 'The presence of Kashmiris has been accepted while as previously it was India and Pakistan that were supposed to take decision regarding the future of the Kashmiris' he added. Asking the world community to play a more important role in the resolution of the Kashmir issue, the chairman of AAC said that the resolution of the Kashmir issue is imperative for the ever lasting peace in the entire South Asia. He added that the non-resolution of the Kashmir issue is likely to spell a doom not only for the South Asia, but for the whole world. Mirwaiz said that the Hurriyat Conference (A) is not prescribing to the view point of a particular country but is keeping the wishes as well as preferences of the Kashmiris in proper consideration. He added that the conglomerate has its plan of action and it is not following the diktats of neither India nor Pakistan in this regard. 'Circumstances have changed and nobody wants to have confrontation with the other. Both India and Pakistan have realised that the talks are the ultimate solution to the Kashmir issue. They have realised the futility of carrying out a war as today's war is a nuclear war and not a conventional one' said the Mirwaiz. Taking a dig at the people who are opposing the dialogue process, the chairman of AAC said that 'I want to make it clear that we are invited as a party'. He added that the conglomerate has some proposals for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and the same would be put forward before the governments of India and Pakistan while engaging in the parleys. Mirwaiz said that the conglomerate enjoys the vote and support of the people and they are keeping proper consideration of the people's wishes. He added that attaching pre-conditions to the dialogue process would lead to no solution of the Kashmir issue and people would continue to suffer. Mirwaiz said, 'We are answerable to the people since we are supposed to lead the people'. He added that the dialogue process has led to the emergence of the broader consensus among the people and the conglomerate enjoys the full support of the people regarding the dialogue process. The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (A) Maulana Abbas Ansari in his address said that the conglomerate would not allow anybody to go out for a sell out. He added that the dialogue process initiated by the Hurriyat has been undertaken so that there is a peaceful and long lasting solution to the Kashmir issue. 'We want that Kashmiris are given the right to decide about their own destiny and in this regard we would ensure that sacrifices offered by the people over the years do not go waste' said Ansari. He added that neither India nor Pakistan can dictate terms and in the long run it is the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiris which will be decisive in shaping the people living in the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir. The chairman said that the conglomerate represents Kashmiris in the talks and they do not present their own aspirations but carry forward the voice of the Kashmiris. He added that attaching strings to the dialogue process would lead to no solution and the people would continue to suffer. Ansari said that the conglomerate has already drawn up a plan for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and same would be put forward before the people. He added that people would be taken into confidence as they have offered sacrifices from time to time in ensuring that Kashmiris get their right to self determination.