Hurriyat factions welcome move

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday said that Pakistan is a sovereign country and it must have taken the decision on Prime Minister designate, Narendra Modi’s invitation keeping all the dimensions into consideration.

“It was Pakistan’s discretion whether to accept Mr Modi’s invitation or not.  Since Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif Saheb has now given his nod, it is good,” Geelani told KNS.

While hailing the decision taken by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony scheduled to be held on May 26, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) expressed hope and confidence that the move will help in creating  a conducive atmosphere between the two countries.

Mirwaiz said: “It is a positive decision take by Pakistan prime minister and the same is bound to create a conducive atmosphere between the two countries. I feel this decision will help in harmonizing relations between the two countries.”

Mirwaiz hoped that the diplomatic gestures exhibited by the Prime Minister designate Narendar Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister will pave way in resolution of long pending Kashmir dispute.   “Hope these gestures are given a positive direction for conflict resolution and ways and means are explored to take Kashmiri leadership on board for a permanent resolution of Kashmir issue,” Mirwaiz told KNS.

He said that Kashmiris have always welcomed any positive engagement between India and Pakistan and presently also people of Kashmir hope for better and cordial relations between the two neighboring countries.

Shabir Ahmad Shah welcomed the decision taken by Pakistan Prime minister to attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi.

Shah said that Kashmir being a long pending issue, Mr Modi should take some concrete steps towards its resolution. “Jammu and Kashmir is an international issue and the two countries must engage Kashmir leadership while trying to harmonize their own relations,” the HCJK leader said. 

Meanwhile Chairman JKLF Mohammad Yasin Malik while commenting over Pakistan Prime Minster’s acceptance of the invitation stated that the event has no significance for Kashmir’s politics as the same is merely an oath ceremony.

“For us the event is not as much significant as it is being hyped to be. SARC countries have been invited for Modi’s oath ceremony including Pakistan,” said the JKLF chief, adding that one should remain much optimistic over the event which is merely an oath ceremony and nothing else. (KNS)

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