Srinagar, February 15, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have said that any Pak-India talks on Kashmir can only be fruitful after the inclusion of true representatives of the Kashmiri people in the dialogue process.
Commenting on the likely visit by Indian Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar to Pakistan in the coming months, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a media interview said that bilateral talks were also held in the past, but to no avail.
“The dialogue process has been reduced to mere symbolism. Hundreds of meets have taken place, conferences have been held and resolutions passed but there has been no change on ground,” he added.
“India has never accepted the inclusion of Kashmiris in the dialogue process and it is one of the reasons the talks that have taken place between the two countries have failed, so far. India is suffering from arrogance of power and refuses to acknowledge the resolutions passed by
the United Nations on the Kashmir dispute,” the veteran leader maintained.
Senior Hurriyet leader leader Shabir Ahmad Shah while describing the proposed visit by Indian foreign secretary to Pakistan as the first step towards reconciliation between the two neighbours said the talks should be meaningful and result-oriented.
“We have always welcomed any attempts to ease the relations between the two countries but Kashmir dispute must be given top priority. The talks should move from the bilateral level to tripartite in future with the views of Kashmiri leadership be also taken into consideration,” he stressed.
The illegally detained Kashmiri leader, Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo said that any dialogue between Pakistan and India without addressing core issue of Kashmir would not benefit the Kashmiris. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Friday to inform him about the top diplomat’s visit to Islamabad.
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