March 2006 News

CBMs between India, Pakistan should to be Kashmir-centric: Mirwaiz

26 March 2006
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Karachi: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the confidence building measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan should be Kashmir-centic. Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, who is in Karachi to attend an international conference on Jammu and Kashmir and to hold talks with the Pakistani leadership, said, "We demand that all the CBMs vis-a-vis Kashmir, should be Kashmir-centric so that common people of Kashmir can get its benefits." Talking to reporters after arriving at the Jinnah International airport in Karachi, Mirwaiz said, "We want that the relationships between India and Pakistan should improve but as far as Kashmir is concerned that is the basic issue. Neither Sir Creek, nor Siachin and nor Cricket, but the basic issue is of the feelings and aspirations of Kashmiri people. I think any CBM will be a half step if we do not progress on the Kasmir issue." Reiterating that the Indian government should reduce troops from Kashmir to give a major boost to the CBMs, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq endorsed the proposal by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for demilitarisation of the Kashmir Valley saying that gradual reduction of forces would send a very positive signal. "We think that it can be a major CBM to move forward if the government of India announces reduction of troops in Kashmir in a gradual manner. It would be such a step that we can move forward on Kashmir.


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