Mirwaiz happy, Geelani to respond today

SRINAGAR: The historic meeting between India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif has evoked cautious optimism across the political circles in Kashmir. While most of the separatist leaders and also the lawyers’ premier body Bar Association, view the 50-minute talks as “good beginning”, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference G Syed Ali Geelani has reserved his take and is consulting his colleagues on Wednesday in order to draw up a response.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference M has expressed satisfaction over Modi-Nawaz meet, saying that it was a good beginning to rejuvenate the frosty relations between the two estranged neighbors.

 Mirwaiz said, “It is a matter of satisfaction that the dialogue has been formalized that too on the occasion of swearing-in ceremony.” He however stressed that for any movement forward the Kashmir dispute needed to be discussed between the two leaders. “It is also heartening that the foreign secretary level talks will also commence in near future,” the Hurriyat M chairman said hoping that the foreign secretaries of two neighboring countries would take the dialogue process ahead in a positive direction.

Syed Ali Geelani, who heads a faction of Hurriyat Conference, is chairing a session of his colleagues on Wednesday to analyze the import of the diplomatic thaw between India and Pakistan.

“We will discuss this matter during a meeting of Majlis-e-Shoora (executive council) After analyzing the outcome of their meeting we will issue a statement,” Geelani said in a statement .

The Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) on Tuesday said that the Modi-Nawaz meeting was a good beginning, “but both the sides should focus on resolution of Kashmir instead of revolving round trade and commerce.”   

Meanwhile head of the largest religio-political group Jama’at-e-Islami, Mohammad Abdullah Wani has hailed  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to invite to all SAARC heads especially Pakistani prime minister. “Kashmir being a core issue which needs to be resolved should be focus of any meeting between the heads of India and Pakistan or otherwise discussing trade, travel and other related issues will prove a futile exercise,” Wani said.

Jamiat-e-Aehl-e-Hadith, another religio-political outfit, has termed the arrival of Nawaz Sharif to  New Delhi as a “breakthrough” which it said was aimed at breaking the ice between the two hostile neighbors. 

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