April 2006 News

Mirwaiz asks Singh to fulfil his commitments

7 April 2006
The News International

Islamabad: Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that Indian Prime Minister should fulfil his commitments on the Kashmir issue. Referring to the APHC leaders' meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Mirwaiz told a private TV channel in an interview telecast on Friday that Singh had said that he wanted to develop a kind of situation where the people of Kashmir did not feel any difference whether they were in Muzaffarabad or in Srinagar. 'But I think nothing is moving on ground,' he said, adding the APHC was supporting the composite dialogue process but at the same time there should be some progress on Kashmir as well. He said the Indian prime minister had also said that they would have to resolve the Kashmir dispute by visualising the ground realities and the biggest reality was that the people of Kashmir were not satisfied with the prevailing situation in the Valley. The Mirwaiz said the peace talks were going on for the last four years and now the time was ripe for taking new initiatives if the parties wanted to proceed seriously. He hoped that the APHC would take a categorical stand at the upcoming meeting with the India government. 'We could see only one CBM on Kashmir during the last four years, and it is the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, which is also losing its worth gradually,' he added. 'If the situation is left to prevail, the APHC would have no ground to stop those who have other options for the solution of the Kashmir dispute.'


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