Geelani, Malik Reject Track II Efforts; Mirwaiz, Shah Respond with Caution

Srinagar: As India and Pakistan have agreed to revive the track-II diplomacy, separatist in Kashmir voiced a mixed response to the development with Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik saying the exercise had lost credence.

“Track-II diplomacy has been going on since 1947. It continues on for two-years and halts for four years in between,” said Malik.

 “It has lost all credence. What is important is that that any talks between India and Pakistan should be made time-bound,” he said, adding, “Both India and Pakistan must accept people of Kashmir as the main party for any headway.”

He said the settlement should be in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

Hurriyat Conference (G) categorically rejected the track-II and termed it a futile exercise.

“All bilateral dialogues in the past have proved futile and it is nothing but an attempt on part of India to bide time and mislead the world,” said Aiyaz Akber, the spokesman of Hurriyat (G). 

Akber said, “Kashmir continues to be the core issue and unless it is resolved, peace will continue to elude the entire South Asia.”  

Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, also showed some optimism, albeit with a rider attached to it.

“Even though it’s a welcome step and will help in confidence building between the two countries, there is need for track-I dialogue with Prime Minister of India Manohan Singh and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sherif at the forefront to resolve the Kashmir issue.”

He said the people of Kashmir should be made part of the dialogue process as “Kashmiris are the principal party”.

Chairman DFP, Shabir Ahmad Shah, said it was a welcome step and a major CBM.

“Kashmir issue has to be addressed and the people of Kashmir must be privy to whatever happens between India and Pakistan,” said Shah.

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