Iranian Envoy Stays Mum On Kashmir Issue In Hurriyat (M) Seminar

5 June 2014
Rising Kashmir
Junaid Kathju

Srinagar: Iranian envoy to India, Gholam Reza Ansari, Thursday disappointed separatist camp by giving a miss to Kashmir issue during his speech in a seminar organized by a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (M) here to mark the 25th death anniversary of Aytoullah Ali Khomenai (RA). During his 15-minute speech in the seminar organized by Anjuman-e-Sharian Shian, a constituent of Hurriyat (M), Iranian envoy talked about Indo-Pak relations, Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and world peace. 'In his speech he didn't talk about Kashmir issue, which was very disappointing. He only talked about good relationship between India and Pakistan,' a separatist leader, who attended the seminar, told Rising Kashmir. Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also present in the seminar. Terming the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline as a symbol of peace, Reza Ansari said the aim of the gas pipeline was not only economic interests but promotion of peace in South Asia especially within the Indian sub-continent. 'Muslim countries should come forward and work together for promotion of peace. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq and other Muslim nations should promote cordial relation between themselves. They should work together for peace and amity for the good of Muslims across the globe,' he said. 'Iran in the past has taken various initiatives to bring India and Pakistan closer to each other,' added Iranian envoy. Earlier, while addressing the seminar, Mirwaiz had made strong appeal to Iranian government to use its influence on India for resolving the Kashmir issue. 'Iran has good relations with India. It can play a vital role in solving Kashmir dispute. I appeal the Iranian government to use its good offices for the final settlement of Kashmir issue,' said Mirwaiz. Before conduct of seminar, Iranian envoy visited historic Jamia Masjid. The Iranian envoy and his delegation offered afternoon prayers in the Jamia Masjid, which was led by Mirwaiz. After the prayers, Mirwaiz held an interaction with Iranian envoy and stressed on him that considering Iran's good relations with India and Pakistan, it should give more focus on the Kashmir's political problem. 'Shia and Sunni are living in harmony in Kashmir,' Mirwaiz informed him adding, 'We want to give a message to the Islamic world that in Kashmir Sunnis and Shias are not divided and both communities are living in peace and harmony'. The Hurriyat (M) chairman had expressed his concern over the sectarian divisions within Islamic countries. 'The reason behind the division is that Muslim nations like Turkey, Pakistan, Syria and Egypt have not stood firm on the teachings of Islam'. He also mentioned about the age old relationship between Iran and Kashmir in areas of culture, tradition, and people to people contacts. While lauding the uniqueness, art, and crafts of the historic Jamia Masjid, the Iranian ambassador said the Masjid was an important asset of Islamic Ummah. The delegates minutely observed the art, architecture and wood work used in the Masjid from internal and external sides of the Masjid.