September 2005 News

Talks Offer Completes First Cycle: Mirwaiz

3 September 2005
Pakistan Observer

Karachi: The budding Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), has described the offer of talks to his collective political forum the APHC, as an opportunity of completing the first cycle of Kashmir talks he first had initiated with Pakistan leaders during his visit to Islamabad in June this year. In an interview with an Urdu news channel of Pkistan Umar Farooq's tone displayed a streak of confidence in talks with the Indian premier Monmohan Singh on September 5, 2005 at New Delhi.. Indian government has extended talks invitation to the APHC, a composite voice of the Kashmiris. The Mirwaiz favours a Kashmir solution through talks among Pakistan, India and Kashmiris categorised by him as triangular talks. During his Pakistan visit he had publicly declared that APHC wants Kashmir settlement talks with India on the basis of three express conditions: a) these talks are to be held outside of the Indian constitution ; b) LoC is not to be a permanent border ; and c) the status quo is unacceptable. In his interview the Mirwaiz said that APHC welcomed this offer by the governmet of India . The talks on Sept 5, 2005 I New Delhi will complete the cycle of talks initiated earlier with the leadership in Pakistan in June this year. An APHC delegation comprising nine members had visited Pakistan in June this year on the invitation of President Gen Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan considers officially Kashmiris as the principal party to the dispute of Kashmir and desires their inclusion in Kashmir-related talks with India, a move Dehli has not accepted so far. South Asia politics analysers believe that the prime object of India's latest talks offer to the APHC is to update the political brief of the Indian premier expected to go into a bilateral summit with president Gen Pervez Musharraf in New York later this month under the shadow of the U.N. grandeur. A similar summit at the same venue last year between these two South Asian leaders locked in tough war-repeater Kashmir imbroglio had 'showed' some 'commonness of approach' to settle this dispute. Observers say that despite such efforts India has not broken its hard crust of traditional obduracy as she is not accommodating Islamabad on rivers waters issue. Reports say that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has started consultations with his All Parties Hurriat Conference (APHC) colleagues to set apart a delegation for talks with premier Singh on Sept 5, 2005. But the mass-based Kashmir leader Yasin Malik has shown his reluctance to be included in the delegation, a preview scene which displays a weakness in consensus among Kashmiris.


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