NEW DELHI: In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders welcoming the meeting between Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Lahore have urged the leadership of the two countries to resolve the core issue of Kashmir.

The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in a media interview in Srinagar said that the two countries would have to address the Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people if these endeavors were to succeed, Kashmir Media Service reported.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in an interview in Srinagar said, “Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore is a positive move. We welcome any such development. This is great opportunity for both the countries to start parleys to resolve all their pending issue particularly the Kashmir dispute.” He said that both the countries should evolve a mechanism to include the Kashmiris in the dialogue process to settle the conflict over Kashmir.

Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in an interview said that Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan was a good step. He said that such moves should not be limited to photo shows and the Prime Ministers of both the countries must take practical measures to resolve the Kashmir dispute. “A bilateral dialogue would not yield any results unless Kashmiris are taken on board to resolve the lingering dispute,” he said adding that tripartite dialogue was viable option to settle it.