Kashmir leaders welcome India-Pakistan diplomatic talks

Pro-independence alliance in Kashmir welcomes resumption of talks after 7-month break

Kashmir leaders welcome India-Pakistan diplomatic talks

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Kashmiri pro-independence leaders in Indian-held Kashmir have welcomed the resumptions of diplomatic talks between India and Pakistan.

“The time has come for the Government of India, Government of Pakistan and the people of Jammu & Kashmir to engage in a serious effort to resolve the Kashmir Issue once and for all.Further precious time should not be wasted to initiate a meaningful dialogue process.” the All Parties Hurriyat Conference said on Wednesday.

The talks resumed on Tuesday after initially being suspended by India in July when Pakistan's High Commissioner to Delhi held meetings with pro-independence Kashmiri leaders.

Headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the group released a policy statement calling for a meaningful dialogue and said that recent state assembly elections held in the region under the Indian constitution had no bearing on the Kashmir dispute.

“The Assembly elections have no bearing on the Kashmir Dispute and can by no means overshadow the right of self-determination. At most elections in J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) are about local governance and administration. The UN Security Resolutions have made it clear that no government formed in J&K – on either side of the LOC (Line of Control) – has the ability to determine the political status of J&K nor can it in any way supersede the people's right to self-determination.”

The Kashmiri separatist leadership had severely criticized New Delhi's decision to call off talks, saying it was a move to "push Kashmiri people off the dialogue table to distance them from the decisions on their own destinies."

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday urged the prime ministers of both India and Pakistan to treat up the Kashmir issue as a matter of priority.

“'Bureaucratic engagements and talks will not be able to tackle what is essentially a political issue requiring the exercise of real statesmanship and political decision-making,' APHC said. “We have seen processes start, stretch on and on with little progress achieved only to get stalled and then start again. In the meantime, the people of Kashmir suffer the uncertainty of the ongoing conflict.”

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Mart 2015, 14:24