Umar Farooq led Hurriyat welcomes propose India-Pak FM meeting

Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday welcomed the proposed meeting between foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in Nepal, saying there was a need to take forward the dialogue process with consistency and commitment for the resolution of all issues.

Hurriyat welcomes the proposed meeting between the Indian External Affairs Ministers and her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Nepal on March 17.

The foreign minister-level talks are expected to draw a road-map for further meetings between the two countries on a range of issues including Kashmir and such bold political initiative was the only way for moving forward with the two countries, a spokesman of the Hurriyat said here.

He expressed hope that the meeting would prove to be fruitful and said there was a need to take forward the dialogue process with consistency and commitment to create trust and confidence necessary for the resolution of issues.

Hurriyat has consistently been stressing upon the two countries to resolve all their outstanding issues including the vexed issue of Kashmir through a process of dialogue and the conglomerate had always supported and had been ready to play its role in taking the process forward, the spokesman said.

He, however, said that putting the resolution of Kashmir issue on the back-burner may only create “mistrust and acrimony” between the two countries and “vitiate” the dialogue process .

The political leadership of the two countries should act with statesmanship and vision in order to work towards the resolution of all issues including Kashmir by starting a meaningful and resulted-orientated dialogue process, he said, adding sidelining Kashmir and concentrating on other issues between the two countries was not going to take the dialogue process anywhere.