Farooq Sees Flexibility In Pakistan's Stance On Kashmir Issue
16 August 2007
Associated Press of Pakistan
Islamabad: Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mir Waiz Omer Farooq has said that people as well as the government of Pakistan are serious for an amicable solution of Kashmir dispute but the Indian side is a bit hesitant. 'I am happy that I got an opportunity to visit Pakistan in the recent past and for the first time I felt a flexibility in the thinking of Pakistani people on the issue of Kashmir', the APHC Chairman told a private television channel. He said despite having an years long emotional approach on the issue of Kashmir the people of Pakistan have now started to think realistic also. The people of Pakistan want the solution of Kashmir dispute in line with the wishes of Kashmiri people he said adding this thinking should also be reflected in the indian public opinion. He said 'what we have felt so far during interaction with the Indian authorities, the Delhi has yet to make a mind to solve the issue of Kashmir in an amicable way'. Farooq said that restoration of mutual trust between the people of Pakistan and India is the basic thing for an acceptable to all solution of Kashmir dispute. Unfortunately the Indian side is showing sluggishness in this regard he said and added the issue of Kashmir will never be resolved until the two nations learn to trust each other. He said alongwith its political dimensions, the issue of Kashmir is predominantly a humanitarian issue. Over the past 60 years this issue has claimed thousands of lives of innocent Kashmiris while thousands were rendered refugees. The families of Kashmiri people were divided and they were unable to see their near and dear ones, he said. He said the Kashmiris have been facing worst kind of Indian suppression over the years and their property and business was insecure. It comply on the civilized world to take notice of such inhuman conditions and efforts should expedite for an amicable solution of Kashmir dispute so that the people of Kashmir could live in peace, he urged.