Musharraf Formula Still Valid Mirwaz

30 November 2009
Greater Kashmir
Javaid Malik

Srinagar: A day after Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, said that time was ripe for the Kashmir settlement, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that four-point formula mooted by the former President of Pakistan, Parvez Musharraf in 2006 could still prove to be the first step towards the resolution of the issue. In an interview to a private news channel on Sunday, Omar Abdullah, while replying to a query about Mirwaiz looking at incremental progress to resolve the Kashmir issue, had said that time had provided India and Pakistan with a great opportunity to march towards the final solution of the issue. Elaborating the “incremental progress” Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir on Monday, “Probably he (interviewer) might have been talking about Musharraf’s four-point formula. We had supported it as it was an interim arrangement. Even if it is implemented today it can prove to be the first step.” Pertinently, Musharraf had presented the formula which stated that troops should withdrawn in phased manner from both Kashmirs, local self governance, making Line of Control irrelevant and a joint supervision mechanism involving India, Pakistan and Kashmir. Referring to the differences within the pro-freedom camp, Mirwaiz said the pro-freedom leaders had a wide support base and they represented a broader spectrum of opinion. “There might be differences in our approach but our goal is same,” he added. The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said the efforts were on to build consensus among the leadership to hold talks with Delhi and Pakistan, but he was quick to add, “If somebody doesn’t want to join us we cannot force him. Process will move on.” Mirwaiz reiterated that Hurriyat (M) was not interested in “power politics” and Kashmir had to be resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris. “We are the heirs of martyrs and won’t let their sacrifices go in a vain,” he added. Mirwaiz acknowledged that track-II diplomacy was on, but he denied that he had met the Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram. Referring to the “quiet talks,” Mirwaiz said, “Quiet talks are nothing new. Such talks led to the final settlement of Ireland and I believe Kashmiri leaders should not shy away from it. However, India has to show sincerity and flexibility. If it continues to remain rigid then no process will ever work.” Mirwaiz said that apparently it seemed there was division of opinion in New Delhi. “Their Home Minister gives one statement their Defence Minister gives another and their Army Chief talks in an entirely different language. Confusing statements prove that there is lack of understanding among people in New Delhi,” he added. India Working on Musharraf Formula: BJP New Delhi, Nov 30: The BJP on Monday took exception to reports suggesting that the government was having talks with Hurriyat Conference in Jammu and Kashmir on the formula sought to be evolved by former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf. The BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said according to reports India was discussing with Hurriyat Conference the four-point formula evolved by Musharraf. The reports were indicating that the government would have accepted these solutions but for the November 26 attacks on Mumbai. If these reports are 'correct and true', then it is the duty of the government to inform the people about it. They should inform Parliament, he demanded.