Come Out In Open On Kashmir, Mirwaiz Tells US4 October 2010
Srinagar: The chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, on Monday asked the US to “come out openly” on the Kashmir issue, and said that it had been criminally silent on the violations of human rights in the valley over the past four months. The executive council of the Hurriyat faction today met a visiting two-member team of top US diplomats at the Mirwaiz’ residence, with the foreign envoys disclosing that their government was exerting “subtle pressure” on New Delhi and Islamabad on the issue bedevilling their relationship for the past 63 years. The Mirwaiz told the duo that US was maintaining a silence even after the armed struggle in Kashmir had given way to totally peaceful movement. He reminded the diplomats that it was the US which had been insisting on giving up the path of the gun. The Mirwaiz said that the US should come out into the open with its policy on Kashmir as it had an important role to play in the resolution of the issue and peace in the South Asian region. Briefing them on the current situation in Kashmir, the Mirwaiz said that the government was answering stones with bullets, and enforcing curfew as it had totally failed to control the situation. According to the Mirwaiz, the visiting envoys told him that Kashmir was major issue for the US government, and that Obama administration was active on that front and bringing subtle pressure to bear on New Delhi and Islamabad. The two-man from the US embassy in New Delhi is in Srinagar on a three- day visit since yesterday, and will report back on the ground situation in Kashmir before President Barack Obama’s visit to India scheduled for next month.