Hurriyat repeats conditions for dialogue with GOI

SRINAGAR: Amid speculations that Track-II talks were on to pave the way for Hurriyat-Delhi dialogue,  Mirwaiz led Hurriyat Conference  Monday said the best way to find solution to the six decades old Kashmir dispute was through trilateral talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership.

Mirwaiz address came soon after joint meeting of Hurriyat executive and general councils.

“The Hurriyat conference believes there are only two ways to resolve the Kashmir problem – one is to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir and the other is a trilateral dialogue between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir,” the Mirwaiz told media persons after a meeting of the group’s executive here.

He said that so far as talks between the Kashmiri leaders and India was concerned, the group has already laid down conditions for such a dialogue to become result-oriented.

“We have already stated that for a dialogue with the Indian government, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and other draconian laws must be revoked.

“Bunkers and watch towers must be removed,  political prisoners must be released and restrictions like house arrest etc. imposed on us must be done away with,” the chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group said.

He, however, reiterated that the Hurriyat conference would associate with any mechanism devised by India and Pakistan that could lead to the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Mirwaiz reiterated that Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute and Assembly or Parliament elections can’t dilute its disputed character. 

During the meeting APHC decided to observe Human Rights Week from December 5 to 10 and hold different programmes like seminars and rallies to draw world attention towards discovery of thousands of unmarked mass graves, custodial disappearances and other human rights abuses in Kashmir. 

“The APHC will hold a seminar in Kupwara and Anantnag on December 5 and 6 while on December 8 Human Rights Activists and Civil Society members will express their view and thoughts at the seminar that will be conducted at Hurriyat Headquarters located at Raj Bagh. During the meeting it was decided to organize a photo exhibition relating to rights abuses on December 9 while on International Day of Human Rights that falls on December 10, APHC will organize a peaceful sit Srinagar.

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