Mirwaiz asks India how it wants to settle Kashmir dispute

Srinagar, August 21, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has asked the Indian government that how it wishes to resolve the Kashmir dispute. The APHC Chairman shortly after his release from house arrest in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian government must understand that if not today, the Kashmir issue would have to be resolved tomorrow. “Do you want to resolve it through dialogue or war? Nobody wants war. We want to resolve it through political dialogue,” he said.

01The Indian authorities had placed under house detention Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Zafar Akbar Butt, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal and Syed Saleem Gilani and arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Hilal Ahmad War on Thursday. The leaders, however, were later released except Syed Ali Gilani. Indian police also conducted raids on the residences of Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Javaid Ahmad Mir and harassed the inmates.

The actions were taken following the invitation of Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi to the Hurriyet leaders to attend a reception party being hosted by the Commission in the honour of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Sunday. The arrests were aimed at intimidating the leaders to prevent them from visiting New Delhi and meeting Sartaj Aziz.

“We don’t know why we were placed under house arrest and later why they released us? If this was done to stop Hurriyet leaders from going to Delhi for the reception (at Pakistani High Commission), then I think this is negative thinking,” he stated. “We want the dialogue process between the two countries (India and Pakistan) to move forward, we are not opposing this,” he added.

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