ISLAMABAD: The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has termed the escalation of tensions on borders between Pakistan and India as highly explosive and urged both the countries to resolve the Kashmir dispute through political means.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed concern and regret over the loss of life and property on both sides of Line of Control. He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been the major victims of border tension between the two nations in terms of damage to the life and property, Kashmir service reported.
He described the lingering Kashmir dispute as the major cause of tension between the two nuclear neighbours.
He said the instability and clouds of war would continue to hover over entire South Asia unless the lingering dispute was resolved according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
The APHC Chairman said that India should shun the path of obstinacy and initiate a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders to settle the Kashmir dispute once and for all. “Violence is no answer.
If India and Pakistan want to settle Kashmir dispute they have to sit on table and start the peaceful dialogue process,” he maintained.
“Both countries have stopped talking to each other.
Even though Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in UN Generally Assembly pitched for bilateral talks with Pakistan but on ground India is moving away from it,” Mirwaiz said.
He added that India lost a golden opportunity to make headway for talks by cancelling the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan.