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Dragging Kashmir settlement can prove catastrophic : Mirwaiz
SRINAGAR, Sep 30: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that Kashmiris would welcome a settlement of the issue which guarantees to fulfil their aspirations and sentiments.

“As far as Kashmiris are concerned they would welcome a settlement which fulfils there aspirations and just desire to be the masters of their own destiny, wishing to manage the homeland as they deem fit and as best they can”, said the Mirwaiz during his address at the OIC annual meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers at New York.

Stressing for early resolution of the long standing dispute, he said, “It is fraught with stern wariness that further dragging on of, a Kashmir settlement may prove to be catastrophic as both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers, and this situation calls all the more for a meaningful and permanent settlement of the Kashmir conflict.”

While welcoming the recent foreign minister level talks between India and Pakista, he called upon India and Pakistan to shown sagacity, prudence and political will for solution of the dispute.

“The victims of conflict in Jammu & Kashmir deserve the goodwill of all human beings who believe in human decency, the role of a just law, and the essence of sweet life as embedded in guaranteed fundamental freedoms. The dialogue I believe should be inclusive at all levels and time bound and this dialogue needs to be backed by international forces and political powers. OIC can play its rightful role in backing this dialogue,” he said.

He appealed all the governments believing in peaceful resolution of conflicts to play a determined, imaginative, inclusive and flexible role in resolution of the issue. “It will be worthwhile that genuine Kashmiri voices are meaningfully engaged in the process. Setting the stage of this engagement can be made possible, which depends upon the skilful, honest and genuinely positive attitude of both India and Pakistan”.

While addressing the conference, Mirwaiz said the on-going dialogue needs an ownership by the people of Jammu & Kashmir. “This objective can be achieved by creating a trust of the people by withdrawing draconian legislations, releasing political prisoners, and sending the army back into the barracks. In fact the Human Rights situation on the ground should improve”, he added.

The Hurriyat (M) chairman said the OIC in partnership with other international forum can play a significant role in moving forward a resolution of the conflict in accordance with the aspirations of the people and redeeming the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

“OIC can use its grand offices and initiate some fresh initiatives to facilitate the positive process already set in motion by India and Pakistan. India needs to be convinced that it is desirable to have an external facilitation for resolving the oldest imbroglio on the agenda of United Nations. As India has already refused to entertain the fact finding mission of the OIC to visit Jammu & Kashmir, some other constructive mechanisms need to be identified for the purposes of monitoring the gross human rights violations like mass graves and extra judicial killings. Talks and gross Human Rights violations cannot go hand in hand. Ultimately Kashmiris want a just, honourable and desirable peace,” he said.

Mirwaiz strongly condemned the recent release of the defamatory video targeting the Holy Prophet of Islam (S.A.W). “This is a pure act of advocacy of incitement to religious hatred, discrimination and violence against Muslims and their religion. We believe this meeting can best express our and views through a strong declaration today.”

News Updated at : Sunday, September 30, 2012
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