Hurriyat Hails Natwar's Statement On Musharraf's Proposal
14 November 2004
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Welcoming Union External Minister Natwar Singh's statement that the Centre would consider Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's recent proposal on Kashmir, the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference on Sunday said India and Pakistan had made a good beginning on the right track. 'Hurriyat Conference welcomes Singh's statement that Government of India will consider Musharraf's recent proposal on Kashmir. India and Pakistan have made a good beginning on the right track (to resolving the Kashmir issue),' Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in Srinagar. Mirwaiz urged the Centre to show more 'flexibility' in its approach towards finding a durable solution to the issue. 'We hope that the UPA led government would be more flexible in its approach and consider all proposals for resolution of Kashmir issue including the ones contained in the Hurriyat roadmap,' he added. Farooq said he hoped that Hurriyat leadership would be allowed to visit to Pakistan to carry forward the peace process in the state and enhance the confidence among the people of the state about the Centre's sincerity towards resolving the Kashmir issue. He also demanded the immediate release of all political prisoners. Mirwaiz prayed for the peace and prosperity of India, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir.