Political will needed to address Kashmir issue: Hurriyat

Srinagar: The moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference today welcomed the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan and said both the countries should show political will in finding a solution to Kashmir issue.

“India and Pakistan are having a composite dialogue on August 25. The Hurriyat Conference welcomes it.

“But, we want to remind them that Kashmir is an important part of the composite dialogue process. When there is a forward movement on Kashmir, all other issues will follow,” said Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat.

Foreign Secretaries of both the countries will meet in Islamabad on August 25 to restart the dialogue process stalled in 2008 in the wake of Mumbai terror strikes.

The Mirwaiz said the meeting of the Foreign Secretaries should not become a ritual and both the nations should  exhibit political will in finding a solution to the problem.

“Both the nations should take steps to address Kashmir issue on priority. Military approach will not work. The role of the military is over. It is a political issue and beseeches a political solution,” he said.

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