New Options Being Mulled On Kashmir, Claims Hurriyat
9 June 2005
The Hindustan Times
Karachi: All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said new ideas and options were being mulled to settle the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, reports Online news agency. Farooq did not elaborate what these new options were but reiterated. 'Pakistan and India should include the Kashmiris in talks to resolve the long standing issue,' he said. He also urged the two countries to take the Kashmiri leadership into confidence. Asked to comment on the refusal of Syed Ali Shah Geelani of the Hurriyat's hardline faction to visit Pakistan, Farooq told reporters: 'The Kashmir freedom movement is not of merely one party but is a movement of the masses.' Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik too said that Pakistan and India should take steps to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris. He said the issue must be settled either by talks or a referendum, alleging that cruelties were still being inflicted on the Kashmiris. The team of separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir - currently on a visit to Muzaffarabad and Pakistani cities - paid tributes at the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Karachi.