Mirwaiz Wants Pak-India Heads To Hold Talks In Srinagar
26 March 2005
Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, welcomed the opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Road and invited Indo-Pak leadership to discuss Kashmir in Kashmir. He urged both leaders to hold dialogue on the Kashmir issue in Kashmir. 'In place of holding talks in New Delhi, both leaders should come to Kashmir to hold dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir,' Umar said here. Addressing a public meeting at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that the confidence-building process between India and Pakistan is moving on and the opening of Muzaffarabad- Srinagar Road on April 7 is the first positive outcome of the process. 'I welcome the opening of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar Road and demand that all the roads linking the Kashmiris on both sides of the divide region,' Mirwaiz said, adding that in the revolutionary era of 21st century, more communication links should be restored. Mirwaiz said that India and Pakistan have taken several steps during past one year to build confidence but unless the core issue, Kashmir, is dealt with, permanent peace can't be dreamt of. Mirwaiz, stressed that Kashmir is both a humanitarian as well as a political issue and can't be ignored at all. He advocated inclusion of Kashmiri representatives in talks. Reiterating his demand that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Musharraf should hold Kashmir talks on the soil of Kashmir, Mirwaiz said that let Kashmiri people play host to both the leaders. He urged Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and President General Pervez Musharraf to hold dialogue on the Kashmir issue in Kashmir. 'In place of holding talks in New Delhi, both leaders should come to Kashmir to hold dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir,' Umar who returned from an oversees trip this week in historic Jamia Masjid here. Kashmir is a political issue and needs a political solution. The CBMs shall be complimented by the political solution of the Kashmir imbroglio,' he said adding both governments should take substantial steps for resolving the issue. Umar further emphasized the need to include Kashmiris in the ongoing dialogue process between two countries. 'The talks will prove meaningless if Kashmiris are not included. The people here have given innumerable sacrifices for the cause,' he said adding the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people.