Basit Assures Mirwaiz Of Continued Support

SRINAGAR: Pakistan would continue to support Kashmiris on moral, political and diplomatic front and there was no question of Islamabad changing its national policy on Kashmir, country’s envoy to New Delhi Abdul Basit has assured Hurriyat Conference (M). 

The assurance was extended to the amalgam after a two member Hurriyat delegation comprising of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior leader Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari met the envoy at Eid Milan hosted by him in New Delhi on Tuesday evening.

According to a statement , the Hurriyat delegation held an hour long meeting with the Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit during which both the sides held deliberations on mutual interest, especially with regard to the current political situation in Kashmir. 

While terming the cordial relations between India and Pakistan essential for the regional stability, Mirwaiz told Pakistan’s envoy that the cordial relations between two nations cannot be fostered unless Kashmir issue was resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. He told the envoy that without the resolution of Kashmir dispute, peace and stability in the region would remain elusive.

Referring to the recently held talks between India and Pakistan in Russian city of Ufa, Mirwaiz told the envoy that by not mentioning Kashmir dispute in the joint declaration, a negative perception has emerged in Kashmir which is becoming a cause of concern among Kashmiris. He said that Kashmiris were not against the restoration of relations between the two countries or against the talks between them, but if Kashmir dispute is kept outside the ambit of any such talks, the whole process turns into a futile exercise. 

Expressing his thanks to the people and government of Pakistan for supporting the Kashmir cause, moderate Hurriyat leader told the envoy that the sacrifices laid by the Kashmiris in past seven decades for the movement demands that genuine Kashmiri leadership should be made the part of any dialogue process between the two countries.

In his response, the statement said, Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit assured Mirwaiz that Pakistan would continue to support Kashmir cause on moral, political and diplomatic front. He told Mirwaiz that there was no question of Pakistan changing its national policy on Kashmir.

Abdul Basit added that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharief have discussed Kashmir in their recent talks and have agreed to discuss Kashmir issue in the dialogue process between the two countries , the statement claimed.


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