Mirwaiz asks India to respond positively to Nawaz’s initiative

Srinagar, February 07, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has termed the statement of Pakistani Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, which he gave while addressing a joint session of AJK Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council in Muzaffarabad on Solidarity Day, as historic and based on political realities of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said Pakistani premier’s statement that Kashmir dispute was a litmus test for the political foresight of the present Indian and Pakistani leadership not only speaks of a courageous approach to end the present confrontation and distrust between the two countries but also reflects the sincere intentions of Nawaz Sharif about a just resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Mirwaiz said after the statement of Mian Nawaz Sharif now, it remains to be seen whether the political leadership of India responds to the initiative of prime minister Nawaz Sharif positively and resolves all outstanding issues between the two countries including the Kashmir dispute by initiating a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process among all the stakeholders. He asked India to shun its traditional stubbornness and hard-line posture regarding the issue holding the peace of entire South Asia hostage.

The APHC Chairman stressed that the resolution of Kashmir dispute was inevitable for the betterment of peace and prosperity of over one and a half billion people of the entire South Asia and said that time had come to lay a foundation for a better and prosperous future of the region and end political uncertainty and economic deprivation of the people by respecting their social and human rights.

“It is time for the leadership of the two countries to take bold and courageous decisions to end the stalemate and work towards a better future of the entire region,” he added. Mirwaiz said observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan provides encouragement to the people of Kashmir to carry forward their ongoing resistance struggle.

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