Mushrraf hopes for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute
ISLAMABAD: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq Tuesday underlined need for having a framework for holding talks aimed at resolving the issue of Kashmir. Addressing a press conference here, Mirwaiz said a framework in this regard will eliminate the possibility of any ambiguities when dialogue is held with a third party. “The Kashimir standoff is a common issue for both Pakistanis and people of Kashmir… therefore a framework for dialogue must be prepared,” he stressed.
The APHC leader termed his visit to Pakistan as highly successful during which he met with major Pakistan political leaders. He said he met the Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Co Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari, a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Amir Jamat-i-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed.
President Pervez Musharraf has expressed the hope for a peaceful solution of the lingering Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people. He was talking to the delegation of the All Party Hurriyat Conference comprising Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani Lone which called on him in Rawalpindi today. The President said any settlement that does not have the backing of the Kashmiri people will not be durable and sustainable.
The APHC delegation apprised the President of the situation in occupied Kashmir. They were of the view that elections in occupied Kashmir could not be a substitute for the exercise of right to self-determination by the Kashmiri people. There was agreement on the need for effective implementation of the confidence building measures to facilitate greater interactions between the Kashmiri people.