AAP Symbol of Change: Mirwaiz

Says, Delhi results encouraging; Urges AAP to reach out to people of Kashmir  

SRINAGAR: Welcoming the emergence of Aam Admi Party (AAP) at the national politics, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday expressed hope that AAP will try to reach out to the people of Kashmir.

Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar here today, Mirwaiz  said APHC welcomes the change and that people of India appear to have shunned the traditional mindset created by established political parties about issues facing India. 

He said, “it speaks about new change which, we hope, will also reflect the new mindset on Kashmir issue”.

We hope that AAP headed by Arvind Kejirwal will not limit its activities to Delhi only but try to reach out to the people of Kashmir as well, Mirwaiz said.

Mirwaiz said the traditional approach was waning and a “new pragmatic approach, consistent with the current global realities, was taking shape”. 

According to Mirwaiz, “A fresh wind of change was blowing and we hope that this changed thinking and approach adopted by the people of India will reflect in the functioning of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) which has emerged as a symbol of the change.”

The Hurriyat leader said that he hopes that this pragmatism will reflect in the attitude regarding Kashmir  and the new thinking and new setup will adopt a realistic policy on Kashmir, based on the principles of justice and fairplay and shun the unrealistic inhibitions on the issue. 

AAP founder leader and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan had previously openly supported the demand for plebiscite in Kashmir evoking a sharp reaction from rightwing forces and even a violent assault on him.  

While addressing a press conference in Varanasi when Prashant Bhushan was asked about his views on Kashmir he had said:  “It is my personal opinion that no country or part of its territory can be governed without the wishes of the people with the help of army. This is not in the interest of the country and the people. , 

“I want that the situation be normalized, Army be withdrawn, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act be also withdrawn and then try to persuade the people of Kashmir to stay with India. And yet, if the people want, then there could be a plebiscite, and if the people of the Valley want separation, they be allowed to separate.” 

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