Hurriyat Leaders Arrive In Islamabad

“When we come to Pakistan, we feel as if we have come home”: Mirwaiz  

ISLAMABAD: A seven-member team of the Hurriyat (M) arrived in Islamabad on Saturday on what Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has termed as an important diplomatic mission pertaining to the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Flying from New Delhi to Lahore by the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the Mirwaiz and six other members of the Hurriyat (M) executive council were received by key government figures, and headed for Islamabad after addressing a press conference.

The Mirwaiz is accompanied by Maulana Abbas Ansari, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Agha Syed Hassan, Bilal Ghani Lone, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza on the eight-day trip during which the team will meet top government and opposition leaders in Pakistan, including the president and the prime minister. 

“When we come to Pakistan, we feel as if we have come home,” Mirwaiz told reporters at Lahore airport. 

 He however add that Pakistan has to take more steps to convince India for settling the Kashmir dispute. “We think India doesn’t want to settle the Kashmir issue. Pakistan must understand it”, said Mirwaiz.

Hurriyat Chairman said that the coming couple of years were vital for the peace process in the sub continent as Americans were pulling out their forces from Afghanistan. “The settlement of the dispute lies ultimately in the dialogue process, therefore dialogue should be taken forward to settle the Kashmir issue.” said Mirwaiz who was flanked by other visiting leaders.

Mirwaiz added that he and his colleagues have come to Pakistan to break ice and see what Pakistani politicians, leadership and people think about Kashmir. 

Terming Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s turning down the Pak invitation as his personnel decision, Mirwaiz Said, that Pak govt. had invited all resistance leaders.

The Hurriyat delegation would be travelling to Muzaferabad on Sunday where they would be meeting Prime Minster and other leaders.

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