After Pak Visit, Mirwaiz Flags ‘Other Options'

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who recently returned from an extensive political visit to Pakistan, has expressed willingness to explore options other than the UN resolutions to resolve the Kashmir issue “if the Kashmiri people so wish.”  

The Mirwaiz also voiced support to the Musharraf formula, saying 50 per cent of “what we aspire for” would be achieved with its component of demilitarisation.   

“While there is no denying the fact that the UN resolutions are the basis for resolving the Kashmir issue, but other options can also be explored,” a New Delhi-based newspaper on Saturday quoted the Mirwaiz as having said.  

“If Kashmiris are happy with arrangements other than the UN resolutions, we can look at other options as well, provided they address the aspirations and sentiments of people,” the Mirwaiz said. 

Referring to former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s four-point formula, the Mirwaiz said. “Pakistan was very keen to explore other options. But with the change of governments in Pakistan, its policies change too. That is where I feel there should not be a change in the policy.” 

“It (Musharraf formula) can be a strong starting point to find an amicable solution,” he said, 

 “The most important confidence-building measure (CBM) Musharraf talked about was demilitarization. If that happens, 50% of what we are aspiring for could be achieved,” he said.  

Expressing willingness to talk to New Delhi, the Mirwaiz said a conducive atmosphere should  be created first.

“It is very sad that not a single suggestion put forth by us has been considered till date. I do not see any policy on Kashmir in Delhi. The situation of 2008, 2009 and 2010 should have been a wake-up call for New Delhi but they refused to listen to those calls….We are open to dialogue. The ball is in the government of India’s court,” he said.

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