Pakistan a party to Kashmir dispute; Qureshi’s phone call shouldn’t irk GoI: Mirwaiz

Pakistan a party to Kashmir dispute; Qureshi’s phone call shouldn’t irk GoI: Mirwaiz
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Srinagar, Jan 30: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said New Delhi should not be irked by his telephonic conversation with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as the country is a party to Kashmir dispute.
Addressing a delegates session of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Independent Movement headed by Bilal Lone, at Rajbagh, Mirwaiz asked why did Qureshi’s phone call irk Government of India while the fact remains that Pakistan is a party to dispute.
“What are they objecting to,” Mirwaiz asked in his address, adding “Pakistan highlighting the human rights violations committed by Indian soldiers in Kashmir irk New Delhi the most.”
“Should the world not know of it? If India cares so much about its image let them walk their talk of being a democracy and resolve the dispute democratically through talks and hold the promised referendum,” Mirwaiz said.
He said while “on one hand India talks about Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, and Jamhooriyat but on ground, the fact it that they have unleashed worst ever policy of repression under the garb of CASO wherein everyday our youth are being killed mercilessly.”
Mirwaiz said that New Delhi’s “stubborn” approach was the biggest hurdle in Kashmir resolution though former prime minister of India late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had talked about dealing with Kashmir within the ambit of Insaniyat with all parties on board.
“But the current Indian PM Narendra Modi has only followed an iron fist military approach to suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir,” he said, adding that people are facing tremendous hardships and it is need of the hour to forge unity on all fronts.