Artificial boundary lines must be wiped out: Mirwaiz
9 June 2005
The News International
Karachi: Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the visiting leader of the All- Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), has said that the artificial lines (boundaries) drawn between the two Kashmirs should be wiped away. Talking to newsmen on Thursday after arrival at the Karachi Airport and later at the mausoleum of Qauid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he said, 'When we talked about Kashmir, it means the entire territory of Kashmir and the artificial lines drawn between the two Kashmirs must be effaced.' The Kashmiri leader said that the Kashmir question could only be resolved through dialogue. Responding to a question on Kashmir, Mirwaiz Farooq said that Hurriyat leaders did not deviate from the UNO's resolutions and were only trying to evolve the solution after failure of these resolutions. Abdul Ghani Bhatt, another Hurriyet leader said, 'We are in Pakistan not on pleasure trip. We have a specific lay-out in our minds for the liberation of Kashmir'. We have discussed that lay-out and option of the possible solution with President Musharraf'. He further said that now the proceedings were heading towards a solution of the Kashmir issue and hoped that the issue would be resolved through dialogue. Earlier, the Kashmiri leaders arrived in the city by special plane and the Sindh Chief Minister, Arbab Ghulam Rahim, received the delegation, headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Later, the Kashmiri leaders laid a floral wreath at the Mausoleum of the Quaid-e-Azam and offered Fateha. Yasin Malik also offered thanks-giving prayers at the Mausoleum. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq also noted his personal observation about founding father of Pakistan Qauid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the visitor's book. He paid rich tributes to the brave and untiring struggle of the Quaid-e-Azam and said that he was sure that the struggle launched by the Quaid would continue. The Kashmiri leaders also visited the Museum at the mausoleum and displayed keen interest in the items used by the father of the nation during his struggle. The Kashmiri leaders also attended a dinner hosted by the Sindh Chief Minister in their honour at Chief Minister's House on Thursday night.