September 2004 News

Hurriyat to take up Muzaffarabad road issue with Kasuri

1 September 2004
News Network International

Srinagar: Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference has decided to take-up the issue of reopening of Uri-Muzaffarabad road with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mohammad Kasuri during his forthcoming visit to New Delhi. Caretaker chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is leaving on Saturday to meet Kasuri in New Delhi said he would stress on the reopening of the Uri- Muzaffarabad besides other issues including facilitating the intra- Kashmir dialogue. 'During my meeting with Kasuri, I would take up the issue of reopening of the Uri-Muzaffarabad road and starting a bus service. There have been some hiccups on this issue. Previously when I met foreign secretary of Pakistan Riaz Khokar in New Delhi, he told me that they are working on the strategy so that this road is reopened. Now when foreign ministers of the two countries are meeting we will try to impress upon them that this road should be reopened', said Mirwaiz. He said when trade delegations, political leadership and cultural exchanges take place between the two countries why is not the Uri-Muzaffarabad road reopened which can help separated Kashmir families to meet each other. 'This will be one of the biggest confidence building measure', he said. Mirwaiz noted that he would also seek support from Pakistan's foreign minister on holding intra-Kashmir dialogue. 'This means we should be allowed to visit Pakistan and hold discussions with the political and militant leadership in Muzaffarabad. We will try to evolve a consensus on Kashmir issue so that all are brought on board for finding a lasting solution to the vexed issue', he said. Mirwaiz said that he would try to impress upon Kasuri to remove the bottlenecks in holding the dialogue. 'We have been telling from day one that we should be given permission to visit Pakistan. Kasuri is a seasoned politician and I hope he would support our endeavor', he said. It is to be recalled here that Mirwaiz has been invited by Pakistan's high commission in New Delhi to meet Pakistani's foreign minister Khursheed Mohammed Kasuri in union capital, Kashmir Times reported. 'There is a need to take the process initiated by India and Pakistan forward. We are optimistic that this time ice will be broken in the foreign ministers level talks and a breakthrough that will auger good for Kashmir will be achieved', he said.  


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