Mirwaiz links peace with troop reduction
21 July 2007
The Pakistan Tribune
Srinagar: Commenting on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent statement on rendering Line of Control meaningless and promotion of peace in the region, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq has said Kashmiri people had been from the day one pleading for such a peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute that would lead to political stability and prosperity in the region. But it is only possible when there is substantial reduction in army concentration in the region. Seven lakh troops are operating in Jammu and Kashmir. There should be a gradual reduction in the number of troops and complete demilitarization in cities, towns and public places, said Mirwaiz while addressing a meeting at Bazaar Masjid Gulmarg. He said this would help consolidation of peace process, which in turn would lead to paving way for acceleration of talks to resolve Kashmir issue permanently. He assured wholehearted support and cooperation from Hurriyat. Mirwaiz expressed serious concern over the atrocities on people and human rights violation allegedly by the troops and other agencies in the state particularly far off villages. He reiterated the pledge to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end.