'Talks With Indo-Pak Not A Sellout': ‘Unite For Kashmir Cause’7 March 2010
Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) on Sunday described dialogue with India and Pakistan as a “way for the final settlement” of Kashmir issue and not a “sellout.” It urged pro-freedom parties to unite for a cause. “At this crucial juncture in the history of long standing Kashmir issue, we want to invite all pro-freedom parties and leaders to join hands. Let’s come and walk together for the common cause,” the acting chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (M) Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, said while addressing the party seminar, titled “Present Situation and our responsibilities”, organized by the conglomerate at its Rajbagh headquarters here. Bhat said dialogue was the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue. He however, said the dialogue with India and Pakistan over Kashmir was not a “sellout” but “a way for the final settlement.” He said any confrontation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir would be disastrous for the entire south East Asia. “Countries like USA and England also favor resolution of Kashmir issue through dialogue as they are facing problems in Afghanistan due to Indo-Pak confrontations,” he said. The conglomerate also passed two resolutions in the seminar in which it demanded an end to human rights violations in Kashmir and inclusion of Kashmiris in the dialogue process. “Hurriyat Conference supports meaningful dialogue between all players of Kashmir issue for its resolution. Time for a serious dialogue has come. Keeping in view the sentiments and sacrifices of Kashmiris, we must be included in the process,” read the resolution. “We express concern over the rising human rights violations in Kashmir. And we demand an immediate end to it. All detainees should be released and the government should make atmosphere conducive for talks,” the resolution added. Senior Hurriyat functionaries Zafar Akbar Bhat and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash also addressed the seminar. Besides others, Bilal Gani lone, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and advocate Shahid-ul-Islam others were also present on the occasion.