Hurriyat ‘Encouraged’ by Indo-Pak Thaw

Crucial meet ‘skips’ discussions on Shah, Khan

SRINAGAR: Top leadership of Hurriyat Conference (M) today held deliberations on variety of issues during  a joint meeting of executive council, general council and working committee at amalgams Rajbagh headquarters.

A spokesman later termed the tangible changes in relations between Indian and Pakistan in context of geo-political realties as “encouraging.” The participants felt the Kashmiri participation in any talks between the two countries aimed at solving Kashmir issue was inevitable.

They said the time has come that India should adopt a realistic approach and encourage debate on Kashmir issue publicly, adding, every domain of the public should be allowed to opine views freely so that a constructive thinking emerges paving way to take steps in a bid solve the Kashmir issue.

The participants in the meeting said intimidation and force against political leaders having opinion regarding Kashmir cannot hide the truth that Kashmir was not a political issue.  

The meeting resolved that without taking confidence building measures like demilitarization, scrapping of draconian laws, release of political prisoners in order to create a conducive atmosphere, no talks aimed at solving the vexed dispute could yield result. 

The joint meeting also took stock of different cells of Hurriyat Conference and decided to strengthen them. They also took several decisions pertaining to the recommendations of the heads of the different cells.

The meeting also expressed concern over delaying of court hearing of hundreds of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in jails in and outside Kashmir. They also condemned the ill treatment meted out to the Kashmiri traders and students outside the state.

The meeting directed the Legal Cell of the Hurriyat to visit different jails and to look into the matter of prisoners and provide them legal help, adding, they were also directed to ensure that jail manual were properly followed in case of Kashmiri prisoners.

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