SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that the Kashmiris have always been desirous of cordial relations between Pakistan and India, but cordiality may not last long unless the long pending and the most contentious issue of Kashmir is addressed as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while talking to a delegation of workers and delegates from Pattan at the APHC headquarters in Rajbagh area of Srinagar termed the resolution of Kashmir dispute as a necessity for better Pak-India relations.

He expressed the hope that India and Pakistan would take bold steps for resolving the Kashmir dispute. Such positive steps, Mirwaiz said, if taken would automatically reduce the level of trust deficit between the two countries, Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported.

The APHC Chairman said, the role of Kashmiris in dialogue process between New Delhi and Islamabad cannot be overlooked as Kashmiris are the most important stake holders of the issue.

“Any solution, that is not dignified and does not keep the sacrifices as well as wishes and aspirations of the people in view, would not be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the duty of the leadership of both countries to devise a mechanism to include the people of Kashmir in order to make any dialogue process on Kashmir credible and result-oriented,” he added.