ISLAMABAD - Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mir Waiz Umer Farooq on Tuesday called for making Kashmiris a party to the ongoing India-Pakistan peace talks in order to resolve the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
He was talking to media persons after holding separate meetings with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Chairman parliamentary committee on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
"Today India and Pakistan are striving to strengthen economic and trade relations, we (APHC) see no harm in it. But we are here to get assurance from Pakistani political parties that J&K issue must be made part of that agenda," Mir Waiz said while elaborating the objectives, to media, of APHC delegation's visit to Pakistan here at PTI's central office after holding meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan.
On the occasion, Imran Khan said that Kashmir issue could not be resolved through military nor militancy and dialogue was the only solution to the conflict zone between Pakistan, India and Kashmiris.
"There is no military or militancy solution to Kashmir problem and the only possible solution is dialogue," he said.
Imran Khan also called for demilitarising the South Asia region and turning the bilateral talks into trilateral dialogue, stating that the Kashmiris should also be included into Pakistan-India talks which were as important stakeholders as Pakistan or India.
He vowed that dream of peace and prosperity in the region could only be materialised when Kashmir issue is settled according to aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
"Due to the weak leadership in India and Pakistan in the past, the issue became complex. However, after coming into power, the PTI would resolve the issue through peaceful dialogue," he resolved.
It is in the interest of the both Pakistan and India to have peace in the region, he asserted.
He said that the dream of prosperity of the region couldn't come true until the resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute, adding that peace in the region was in the interest of Pakistan, India and Kashmiris.
He said that settlement of Kashmir dispute should be the top agenda of the both India and Pakistan governments, adding that people of both the country were struggling to make both ends meet so it was in the interest of the both the countries to remain peacefully rather to live in war like situation.
Mir Waiz said that Kashimiris should be given representation in the bilateral parleys held for the resolution of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, as the problem cannot be resolved until Kashmiris are included in the dialogue process. He said that Pakistan and India couldn't live with peace and harmony sans resolution of Kashmir problem.
He said that Kashmir is not a territorial dispute rather it was a humanitarian issue, adding that Kashmiris are not against establishing relations between Pakistan and India, but it should not be at the cost of Kashmiri people. The Hurriyat Leader further said that Kahsmir's struggle was peaceful. He urged that Kashmiris of both sides of the divides should be allowed to have frequent interactions.
"We are being subsided through force, but Kahsmiris could not be pressed through use of brutal force. Although Kashmiris don't have weapons, but we have the courage and will to fight for our right to self-determination".
He said that dialogue should not be bilateral rather it should be trilateral, as without Kashmiris' representation, the problem cannot be solved.
Meanwhile, addressing the Parliamentary Kashmir Committee here at the Parliament House, Mir Waiz called upon the Pakistani political leadership to adopt stern stance over the Kashmir issue.
He said that Kashmiris want to see a stable Pakistan and that support of Pakistani people to Kashmir cause strengthens the indigenous struggle of Kashmiris.