Resolution of Kashmir issue must for Indo-Pak peace

Srinagar: In the backdrop of Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan meeting during the cricket World Cup semi-final match in Mohali, moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference on Monday said resolution of the Kashmir issue was imperative to bring a positive change in relations between the two countries.

"Pleasant changes can be brought to the relations between India and Pakistan only after a solution is sought to the Kashmir issue," the Hurriyat faction headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in a statement after a meeting of the amalgam.

The meeting, chaired by Mirwaiz, was convened to discuss the recent goodwill gestures by the premiers of India and Pakistan and its effects on Kashmir.

"The solution of this issue can no longer be delayed or hijacked by political maneuvering," the Hurriyat said, pressing for inclusion of Kashmiri leadership in the dialogue process to address the long-standing issue.

The separatist amalgam also rejected reports of having forged any contact with the Centre`s Interlocutors on Kashmir.

"Hurriyat is desirous of a final solution to Kashmir issue. Whether recommendations (of interlocutors) help or not, we have no interest in them," the statement said, adding that Hurriyat has not put forward any suggestion or formula to the interlocutors.

The group, however, said if any member has established a contact with the interlocutors, it is not on behalf of the amalgam.