The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has urged New Delhi to take sincere and solid steps for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

The forum spokesman said that settlement of the lingering dispute was essential for mitigating the suffering of the Kashmiri people as well as political stability of entire South Asia, said a press release issued on Sunday.

He emphasized that it was due to the selfless sacrifices of the people of Kashmir that international community was putting pressure on India to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with their aspirations. He added that the pressure on New Delhi was increasing with each passing day which was encouraging.

The spokesman deplored that Kashmiri students studying in different Indian states were being harassed and victimized by different agencies and Hindutva forces who continued to target them under one pretext or the other.