ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that upcoming elections are purely an administrative issue and can never be projected as a referendum for the Kashmir issue, which has been accepted as a dispute by the United Nations.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq talking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar in Srinagar, said Hurriyet’s stand on elections is very clear, “We have been saying that elections are a non-issue for us. It is purely an administrative issue, which can’t be projected as a referendum for Kashmir issue, which is a known dispute in UN body.
“Kashmir issue is beyond elections as Hurriyat wants resolution of the basic problem through tripartite talks and the UN resolutions,” Mirwaiz said in reply to a query.
He said Kashmir issue can’t be put on the backburner as peace won’t prevail in South Asia unless the issue is resolved.
“The situations that emerged in Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan and in many middle-east countries have proved that genuine sentiments can’t be crushed through military might. The super powers accepted the disputed nature of many countries and ended up with a meaningful dialogue for conflict resolution,” he added.
“The geo-political scenario is changing and conflicts are being resolved. NATO pull-out from Afghanistan is a case in point. We believe that New Delhi has to shun its military approach and start a result-oriented dialogue with Kashmiri leadership.”
He said New Delhi, especially Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, should reciprocate the offer of talks on Kashmir made by Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. “The process has to start and culminate with the resolution of Kashmir issue with active participation of people of Kashmir,” he said.
Lashing out at puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah-led regime, Mirwaiz said those who claim to be champions of democracy are involved in heinous crimes like murder, corruption, rape and fake encounters.