Sir Creek, Siachen issues would not bear fruit unless core issue solution: Mir Waiz - Pakistan News Digest

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Sir Creek, Siachen issues would not bear fruit unless core issue solution: Mir Waiz

Islamabad: The Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference APHC Mir Waiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said that Pakistan, India talks on issues like Siachen and Sir Creek would not bear fruit unless the core issue solution.

He stated this during his visit to Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad ISSI along with leading members of APHC. He welcomed the ongoing talks between India and Pakistan.

Leading members of All Parties Hurriyat Conference visited Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad ISSI to deliver a lecture on “Prospects of Resolving the Kashmir Dispute: Views from the APHC”.

Speaking at the occasion, Mir Waiz Umar Farooq said that it is very important to determine the context of the issue. Is it a territorial dispute or a question of the rights of the Kashmiri people He said that although the issue is bilateral in nature, but the aspirations of the Kashmiri people should also be taken into account.

There can be no solution to this problem without taking the Kashmiri people on board, he added. He expressed his concern that the Government of India was successfully able to confuse grievances of the Kashmiri people with their aspirations. It has been projecting that resolving issues like health care and poor governance etc would address the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, he added.

He said that People of Kashmir are looking towards Pakistan for support. He said that Pakistan acknowledges that Kashmiris have to be a part of negotiations but the important question arises here that which party would be allowed to come to the table Would it be parties like PDP and National Congress which are backed by India or some other party supported by Pakistan He stressed the need for developing a mechanism and a clear policy for the way forward.

He said that APHC has been demanding the Indian government to revoke laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act and reduction of troops in the valley. Pakistan should put its weight behind APHC, he stated.

The Institute had organised the event under its distinguished Lecture series 2012. While welcoming the guests from Indian occupied Kashmir, the Director General ISSI, Ambassador retd Ashraf Jehangir Qazi said that it was an honour for the Institute to host a delegation of such eminent leaders.

He said that Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest dispute at the UN agenda. Besides Indian refusal to make a meaningful effort to resolve this issue, Pakistan has also made number of mistakes.

However, these mistakes cannot diminish the importance of the Kashmir issue. This issue is not about a piece of land but about the basic right of millions of Kashmiris. Kashmiris have shown that despite the massive human rights abuses, their struggle would continue till the end.

Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat also spoke on the occasion. He said that a number of changes are taking place round the world which makes the prospects of the resolution of this dispute bright. Kashmiris want a permanent solution of this problem as it is linked to the peace and security of the entire South Asian region.


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