Hurriyat Factions Happy At Pak Outcome

SRINAGAR: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF in Kashmir welcomed the return of Nawaz Sharif to power in Pakistan and expressed hope that the newly elected government will resume efforts to resolve Kashmir dispute.

Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sunday termed victory of Mian Nawaz Sharief in elections as a welcome step and said that despite violence people of Pakistan came out in large numbers to vote.

“I have deep regrets that 24 people lost their lives in election violence. I also regret reports of rigging in Karachi elections which has been acknowledged by Election Commission of Pakistan. There should be re-poll in Karachi,” he demanded.

“The priority of Mian sahib should be to make Pakistan strong. He should ensure full protection to minorities in Pakistan. Government should also talk to people who are resorting to violence in Pakistan. I hope new prime minister takes everybody onboard and makes Kashmir issue as priority. Pakistan is the main party of the dispute,” he told KNS.

“Pakistan is the only nuclear power among the 57 Muslim countries in the world. It has responsibility to provide moral and diplomatic support to victims in Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Syria and other places,” he added. 

Mirwaiz welcomes Sharief’s victory

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Sunday welcomed victory of Mian Nawaz Sharief in Pakistan elections and wished that Pakistan emerges stronger under his rule.

“Pakistan should emerge stronger politically and economically and Mian sahib is an experienced politician to do so. In his earlier tenure as PM, Kashmir was on top agenda. We met him in December last year during our visit and he assured us that if he is voted to power resolution of Kashmir issue will be on his top priority.”

He hoped that the dialogue process between India and Pakistan which has been derailed will be back on track after the victor of Sharief in the elections. “But for the success of any dialogue process between India and Pakistan inclusion of Kashmiris is a must.”

“He (Sharief) should take all the political parties in Pakistan onboard and develop a consensus on resolution Kashmir issue,” he told KNS.

Meanwhile, senior Hurriyat (M) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah also welcomed victory of Sharief in elections and congratulated the people of Pakistan for voting despite hardships. 

Malik congratulates Sharief

Jammu Kashmir liberation Front Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has congratulated Mian Mohammad Nawaz Shahreef and his party Pakistan Muslim League (N) for emerging victorious in elections.

In his congratulating message Malik said that Pakistani people by posing confidence in Muslim League and Shahreef have clearly indicated that they Pakistan want to make Pakistan a strong democratic country. He expressed confidence that Shareef and his party will work for peace, prosperity and unity in Pakistan and throughout Muslim Ummah.

Yasin hoped that Shahreef and his government will not put the issue of Jammu Kashmir on back burner and will work for its resolution on priority basis. He said that Kashmiri’s are hopeful that Shahreef will try to make negotiations with India institutionalized, will ensure the active involvement of people of Jammu Kashmir as principle party in the process of negotiations and also will try to evolve  a consensus on Kashmir between various political and religious parties of Pakistan.

“Shahreef belongs to a Kashmiri family and because of this relation, people of Jammu Kashmir have high expectations in him that he, keeping the sacrifices, struggle, wishes and aspirations of people of Jammu Kashmir in view will work for the resolution of this vexed issue,” he said.

Yasin said that Kashmir’s have sacrificed their three generations in the way of resolution of Kashmir issue. “The governments of Pakistan and India should now show some magnanimity and without sifting this issue to the new generations must act to resolve it on priority basis,” he said. Malik hoped that Shahreef and his government will act positively in this way.

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