US Envoy For Kashmir Soon: Mirwaiz

10 October 2009
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Disclosing that United States will soon appoint its envoy for Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umer Farooq Saturday said the separatist leadership cannot expect sincerity from India as it wants to maintain status quo. Addressing a seminar in remembrance of prisoners of Jammu and Kashmir, Mirwaiz said, “US will soon be appointing its envoy for Kashmir.” Stating that he held important meetings with officials of US National Security Council, state department and United Nations, Mirwaiz said, “I won’t disclose the details of the meetings. But they assured us of help and support at some point during our engagement with India.” The Hurriyat (M) chairman said international pressure is increasing on India. “A month back Indian Prime Minister stated that separatists were irrelevant. Owing to international pressure, he had to change his stance,” he said. Mirwaiz said, “We cannot expect sincerity from India as it wants to maintain status quo. Policy makers of India will never want the dialogue process to continue. We have to take the initiative in any case as it is our problem. We need strategy and brain with emotions for dialogue process”. He said dialogue is part of political movement and important for the resolution of Kashmir issue. “It is important to put forth the Kashmir perspective of the issue. Kashmir issue is not an economic or administrative problem but it is the issue that has to be resolved politically and through tripartite talks”. Dialogue process, according to Mirwaiz, needs a positive response from India and it should get reflected on ground. “Repealing draconian laws, release of all the prisoners, cross LoC trade and public to public meet is necessary to sustain any process,” he said. Stating that Indian troopers are here to control masses, Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “India is again pushing our youth to violence by not responding to our peaceful efforts.” He said the human rights violations are going on unabated in Kashmir. “Detainees are facing tough time in jails. We are all living in a big prison. The detainees are not getting proper legal assistance also.” On Nobel Peace prize to US president, Mirwaiz said, “It manifests that world rejects Bush’s strategy and hails Obama’s stand on Kashmir, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and other issues.” Senior Hurriyat (M) leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat said mainstream politicians should also be included in dialogue process. “Dialogue in no way is a compromise or sell-out. It is high time to solve disputes with dialogue. Let India also invite Mufti Sayed, Farooq Abdullah, Syed Ali Geelani and other Kashmiris leaders,” he said. Hurriyat (M) provincial president Nayeem Khan lamented on the loopholes in legal assistance system in Hurriyat. “We need to consolidate our efforts to provide legal assistance to the detainees. There are more than 20000 habeas corpus petitions in different courts and we need to address the problems of detainees. Besides, a community based rehabilitation programs for the families of prisoners is necessary,” Khan said. JKLF leader Bashir Ahmed Bhat said, “Sometimes dialogue could be a web for trapping the leaders. It should not make leadership deviate from the actual goal. We have to be extra cautious.” Agha Hassan Budgami, Masroor Abbas, Zafar Akbar Bhat, Shahid ul Islam and other senior activists were also present on the occasion. On 10th 1965, the then Mirwaiz Maulana Muhammad Farooq was arrested by government and detained for more than two years.