Mirwaiz urges Pakistan, India to discuss CBMs on Kashmir

Srinagar, February 09, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the proposed foreign secretary-level talks between Pakistan and India, urging the two countries to ensure discussion on Kashmir-specific Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the meeting.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said this during a media interview after holding a meeting with Abdul Basit, the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi. “I demanded that Kashmiris should feel the benefits of Pakistan-India dialogue to which Hurriyet extends its full support,” he added.

The APHC chairman said that he also told Abdul Basit that Kashmir should not be treated as a territorial or a border dispute. “I stressed that Kashmir needs to be dealt politically through a sustained engagement between India and Pakistan. I demanded inclusion of Kashmiris in the dialogue process for finding a solution acceptable to people of all five regions of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

The Mirwaiz said that he told the Pakistani High Commissioner that Pathankot attack should not become a hurdle in the dialogue between the two countries. Kashmir issue, he added, is the main hurdle for peace in South Asia and its resolution is therefore a must.

“I also appreciated the stand and statement made by Prime Minister of Pakistan on February 5, Kashmir Solidarity Day, wherein he stressed his Indian counterpart that future generations must feel the difference,” the Mirwaiz said. “I told Basit that the constant support of Pakistan on diplomatic and other fronts has always been a morale booster for the people of Kashmir, who are fighting against the world’s largest military,” he stated.

The APHC Chairman said that the Pakistani High Commissioner expressed serious concern over the unabated human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. About Gilgit-Baltistan, the Mirwaiz said that Abdul Basit told him that there was no change in Islamabad’s policy on the issue and that Gilgit-Baltistan would continue to remain part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir.

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