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Any talks on Kashmir must include Pakistan: Mirwaiz


Kashmir chief priest and chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Freedom Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addresses a press confrence at his residence in Srinagar on May 21, 2014. Mirwaiz welcomed Indian prime minister-designate Narinder Modi's invitation to Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on May 26. Mirwaiz is under house arrest to prevent him from commemerating the death anniversaries of his father Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Hurriyat leader, Abdul Ghani Lone. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said any proposed talks on Jammu and Kashmir should involve all stakeholders including Pakistan.

Terming the unrest in the Kashmir Valley a “political problem” which requires a “political solution”, the Mirwaiz told CNN News18 that all stakeholders, including Pakistan, should be included in any proposed talks over the Kashmir issue.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Kashmir to interact with political leaders and people in a bid to restore normalcy in the valley.

Mirwaiz, who is leader of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, said Indian authorities had got into the habit of blaming separatists for any trouble in the valley.

“It’s always separatists, Pakistan or traitors who are blamed (for problems in the valley) and never the Indian establishment,” he said.

Over 65 people have died in clashes with security forces since the July 8 killing of Hizbul leader Burhan Wani.