Failed CM Not Qualified To Urge Talks: Mirwaiz

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SRINAGAR: Asserting that chief minister Omar Abdullah had no locus standi to urge the separatist leadership on talks with the government of India, the chairman of the Hurriyat (M) on Monday said that New Delhi had yet to respond to its five-point proposal for dialogue.

“The chief minister, who is beset with severe failure in running administrative affairs, and does not have the authority to get even a single section of draconian laws amended, has no standing to urge us on talks,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat (M) said.

“His speech-making on talks is solely aimed to earn the goodwill of the Delhi durbar,” he said.

“The UN resolutions on Kashmir are the cornerstone of the (legal status) of the Kashmir issue. India and Pakistan cannot find an enduring solution by sidelining them or ignoring the aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” he said.

“The Hurriyat Conference has put forward a five-point proposal for the government of India to make any talks result-oriented and meaningful, but there has been no positive response so far,” the spokesman said.

“The Hurriyat is not scared of talks, nor does it deny the importance of talks for resolving issues, but no process that is not conducted meaningfully and with full focus on the basic issues can prove anything but futile,” he said.

Lauding the Brussels-based International Council for Human Development for raising its voice against human rights violations in Kashmir, the spokesman said that the Hurriyat (M) had always demanded impartial probes into HR violations by the forces and the presence unmarked graves in the state.

“The Hurriyat (M) has not only informed international human rights organisations in writing and in detail about such violations, but the chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has personally tried to raise this serious issue at world forums and seminars,” he said.

“Though the silence of these institutions has been disappointing and of a criminal nature, the recent protests by the Council are a matter of some satisfaction,” he said. 

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