China Added New Dimension To Kashmir Issue: Mirwaiz7 May 2011
Srinagar: Pitching for European Union investment in Kashmir, chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday said the Chinese stand over Kashmir has added a new dimension to the Kashmir dispute. During his meeting with Josef Jenning, Director European Policy Centre in Brussels, Mirwaiz stressed that European Parliament could play a constructive role in facilitating meaningful engagement and dialogue between India, Pakistan and Kashmiris for the final resolution of Kashmir dispute. Mirwaiz also called on Jo Leinin, chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Health, and raised the issue of environmental deterioration due to conflict in the Valley. “Other issues like deforestation, deterioration of water bodies including Dal Lake were also discussed by him,” a Hurriyat spokesman said, adding that Mirwaiz also called for EU investment and economic cooperation in Kashmir and their expertise on protecting the environment and natural resources. Mirwaiz also apprised him that the treaties of India and Pakistan over water resources were not in favour of Kashmiris. The spokesman further said the pro-freedom leader briefed Heidi Hautala, Member Parliament and Chairperson sub-committee on human rights about the ‘denial’ of basic human, civil and religious rights in Kashmir. The disappearance of 9000 people, revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, failure of SHRC and NHRC and plight of detainees was also discussed. Mirwaiz will return to Kashmir on Sunday.