Pakistan trip no pre-condition but a necessity: Mirwaiz
21 November 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference led By Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has again reiterated its demand that the amalgam leaders be allowed to travel to Islamabad and part of Kashmir under its control before reviving a stalled dialogue with New Delhi. Members of the Hurriyat executive, who met in Srinagar to deliberate upon the Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs public offer for talks, said they wanted a direct invitation from New Delhi for resumption of the peace talks. 'There should be a proposal on the ground but they are not making any concrete proposals. There is confusion. He has not spoken openly', Mirwaiz told a news conference at APHC headquarters. 'There has to be an invitation from the government of India and there has to be a commitment by the government of India that yes, they will allow Hurriyat Conference to talk to Pakistan so that the process can move on.' he said Flanked by former chairmen Maulana Abbas Ansari and Prof Abdul Ghani, Mirwaiz Farooq said it was not a pre-condition from Hurriyat for resuming the dialogue with India but a necessity in order to make any future talks fruitful and result oriented. Referring to Prime Minister Singh's appeal for peace, Mirwaiz said peace can not be bought with 24000 crore rupees. He disclosed that APHC had three proposals for resolution for Kashmir dispute and Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf has invited them to discuss those with him. He also said Hurriyat leaders would meet Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz when he visits New Delhi next week and discuss these proposals with him. Hurriyat held two rounds of talks with the previous NDA government earlier this year but the dialogue apparently broke down after Congress came to power and set conditions unacceptable to the alliance. He said Hurriyat had joined the talks with New Delhi on three main principles, that included unconditional dialogue, talks aimed at resolving the Kashmir issue and inclusion of Pakistan in the talks process. Meanwhile political observers and analysts say Manmohan Singh had failed to break any new political ground during his maiden trip to valley. 'I am disappointed as no fresh political measures were announced,' said Shabir Ahmad Shah, head of Democratic Freedom Party said. Omar Abdullah, president of the opposition National Conference, said Singh should have specifically invited the Hurriyat for peace talks and announced steps to release some prisoners. 'Expectations had been raised to a fever pitch ... disappointment had to follow,' Abdullah said. Some experts said Singh had made the biggest concession to Kashmir by announcing a cut in troops in the region last week and he could not offer anything more immediately.