Mirwaiz Confirms Quiet Dialogue

16 November 2009
Rising Kashmir
Hakeem Irfan

Srinagar: Stating that the Hurriyat (M) delegation will be visiting Pakistan immediately after Eid ul Azha, Chairman of the conglomerate Monday said back channel diplomacy is going on from New Delhi and Islamabad and interlocutors are in contact with Hurriyat. “We will be visiting Pakistan immediately after Eid ul Azha. We want the separatist leadership other than Hurriyat to join us as well. Pakistan wants to get input from Kashmiri leadership before entering into any sort of composite dialogue with New Delhi,” Mirwaiz told Rising Kashmir. He returned to Valley after meeting Pakistan High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik in New Delhi on Sunday. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said they don’t take dictations from New Delhi or Islamabad. “Pakistan was always been sincere.” Stating that international pressure and interest vis-a-vis the resolution of Kashmir issue is all time high, Mirwaiz said, “We need to capitalize on it. We should not let this opportunity go away.” About the ‘Quiet diplomacy’ he said, “Quiet diplomacy must not be just to buy time. It needs to be time bound and result oriented. It should be sincere and address ground realities.” He said interlocutors and track-II people are always active. “They are in touch with Hurriyat. The talks could not be held for the sake of it, agenda is always important,” said Mirwaiz when asked whether any back channel meetings are going on. There are reports that the track-II meetings between New Delhi and Pakistan are going on in European countries and other places. A meeting was recently held in Bangkok. Reiterating his 6-point formula as precondition for starting any formal engagement with New Delhi, Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “Bilateralism was never fruitful. We want solution as per aspirations of masses with RSD as its base. India needs to take steps including demilitarization, repealing of draconian laws, release of prisoners, stopping of human rights violations before starting any dialogue process. Things need to be visible on ground.” Mirwaiz said, “No lines are yet drawn as we are in a primary stage. We are yet to see what India has to offer and what Pakistan wants. It is too early to make any comment. But the initiation of dialogue always lies with Kashmiri leadership.” Asserting that Pakistan is serious regarding the dialogue process, Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “Pakistan has always expressed its desire to start dialogue process with India for resolving the Kashmir issue. They believe in resolution of the issue and are serious this time as well but unfortunately India was always wishy-washy in its approach. This time the process has to be result oriented and not just a photo opportunity”. On consensus among separatist leadership on dialogue process, Mirwaiz said, “It is not the question of Hurriyat (G), Hurriyat (M) or others. We need to have a consensus on some common point. If possible I will personally meet Syed Ali Geelani and Yaseen Malik to brief them about our point of view”. “Hurriyat will be convening a meeting in a day or two to finalize the modalities for Pakistan visit after Eid,” he said, adding, “The delegation will be all inclusive”.