Separatists, JeA, Jama'at Satisfied With Modi-Sharif Meet

27 May 2014
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Separatists and religio-political organizations of Kashmir have expressed satisfaction over Modi-Sharif meeting in Delhi and termed it as a good beginning. The two Prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Delhi this afternoon a day after Modi was sworn in as 16th Prime Minister of India. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) expressed satisfaction over Modi-Nawaz meet saying it is a good beginning to rejuvenate the frosty relations between the two estranged neighbors. Mirwaiz said it was a matter of satisfaction that the dialogue has been formalized that too on the occasion of swearing-in ceremony. He, however, stressed that for any movement forward, Kashmir issue needs to be discussed between the two leaderships. 'It is also heartening that the foreign secretary level talks will also commence in near future,' the Hurriyat (M) chairman added. Mirwaiz also hoped that the foreign secretaries of two neighboring countries will take the dialogue process ahead in a positive direction. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has termed his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a 'good, healthy and constructive' one. 'I had a very warm meeting with PM Narendra Modi,' Sharif said while briefing media persons after meeting Modi. He added: 'We seek to pick up threads from Lahore declaration from where we left in 1999. Legacy of mistrust and misgivings have to be left behind. India and Pakistan have a common agenda of peace and economic stability. We agreed to review and carry forward our bilateral agenda.' The two sides also agreed to revive foreign secretary level talks in future. Jama'at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir termed Nawaz-Modi meeting a good beginning but stressed that all such meetings can prove futile unless the resolution of Kashmir issue is discussed. Talking to KNS, Ameer-e-Jamaat, Mohammad Abdullah Wani said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to all SAARC heads especially Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony was a good diplomatic signal from him (Modi). 'Kashmir being a core issue which needs to be resolved should be focus of any meeting between the head of India and Pakistan or otherwise discussing trade, travel and other related issues only will prove a futile exercise,' Wani observed. The Ameer-e-Jamaat hoped that Modi led government with majority in the Parliament and Nawaz Sharif's stable government in Pakistan will provide a golden opportunity to resolve Kashmir. 'I think Kashmir can never witness a cordial and conducive political atmosphere prevailing at present. The two sides India and Pakistan should seize this opportunity and resolve this long pending political issue in the region,' Wani remarked, adding that the meeting between Modi-Nawaz can be a good omen for Kashmiri people. The Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) said the Modi-Nawaz meeting is a good beginning but both the sides should focus on resolution of Kashmir instead of revolving round trade and commerce. Shabir Ahmad Shah, HCJK senior leader said: 'The meeting that took place between Modi and Sharif should not be for the sake of meeting but both the sides should focus on resolution of Kashmir issue. Meetings that will focus on trade, travel and commerce will yield nothing concrete for the two countries unless heads of the two countries make Kashmir as a core issue on the agenda of their meetings,' Shah observed. Jamiat-e-Hadith (JAH) Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said that the arrival of Nawaz Sharif to Delhi is in itself a breakthrough aimed at breaking the ice between the two hostile neighbours India and Pakistan. Talking to KNS, Lateef Al-Kani, general secretary of JAH said: 'The arrival of Nawaz Sharif in Delhi is itself a good beginning and negotiations alone can resolve the issues between the two neighbours. The war is no solution and only creates havoc while as the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue is beneficial for all three stakeholders of the dispute.' Meanwhile Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said his amalgam will analyze the outcome of the meeting between the two prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif that took place in Delhi this afternoon. Geelani said Hurriyat (G) will convene a meeting of Majlis-e-Shoora (executive council) on the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Sharif tomorrow. After analyzing the outcome of their meeting, we will issue a statement. Geelani had termed Modi's invitation to Sharif as discretion of Pakistan government. He had said that Pakistan being a sovereign country took a decision on swearing-in ceremony invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's, and the same must have been taken keeping all dimensions into consideration. 'It was Pakistan's discretion whether to accept Modi's invitation or not. Since Nawaz Sharif gave his nod, it is good,' Geelani said earlier.