Sajad Says NC-PDP Have No Role On Kashmir


SRINAGAR – Asserting that mainstream parties had no role in resolving the Kashmir issue, the head of one faction of the People’s Conference, Sajad Ghani Lone, on Saturday described the forthcoming Hurriyat (M) visit to Pakistan as a positive step, and asked the NC and the PDP not to queer the pitch.

“Mainstream parties like the NC and the PDP must realise that the Hurriyat Conference has a key role in efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue, and they should not obstruct its path,” Lone, who has long parted ways with the separatist alliance, said.

“Understanding, mutual acceptance and constructive thinking only can pave the way for resolving the long-standing question,” he said, hoping that the Hurriyat (M)’s Pak visit would create a climate of peace, stability and cooperation in the region.

Lauding the Hurriyat (M)’s “breadth of vision” in consulting traders and economists ahead of its Pak visit, Lone said that the internal economic situation in Kashmir and the economics of adjoining regions were key aspects of the resolution and progress and development of Kashmir.

“The Hurriyat Conference will have to play a role in resolving the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, and mainstream parties will have to let them free for this,” he said.

“Mainstream parties should focus on the grievances of Kashmiris, and work for their redress,” he said.

“Grievances and aspirations are two different issues, and mainstream parties should understand that they are not in a position to play a role in resolving the Kashmir issue,” he said.

He hoped that the Hurriyat would play the mediator in bridging the gulf of mistrust between India and Pakistan. Observer News Service



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