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APHC delegation's Pak visit important: Mirwaiz

10 December, 2012

Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has described the APHC delegation's forthcoming visit to Pakistan as an important step for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.During an interaction in Srinagar with representatives of minority communities, the APHC Chairman said that the visit was not merely an event.

"Holding of dialogue is important for resolution of Kashmir issue," he said, adding that the APHC wanted to find a permanent settlement of the dispute according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

The Mirwaiz said that Kashmir should be treated as a humanitarian issue apart from a political one. He stated that the APHC wanted to consult and hold deliberations with every section of Kashmiris. He said that the deliberations would help in knowing their point of view regarding different issues connected to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Mirwaiz maintained that India and Pakistan were coming closer through economic ties and by taking other confidence building measures. "It is important for Jammu and Kashmir and its people to play an active role so as to create a conducive atmosphere which would help in the Kashmir solution," he added.

Addressing on the occasion, senior APHC leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt said that there is no alternative to parleys for finding a respectable resolution of the vexed Kashmir dispute. "There is no alternative to dialogue. We have to talk and that's the only alternative," he added.

Professor Butt pointed out that the so-called polls in the occupied territory had no bearing on the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that more than 15 elections had been held in the territory so far but Kashmir continued to be an unresolved issue.

The representatives of Pandit community also gave some suggestions that like Sikhs, Kashmiri Pandits should be allowed to travel to Azad Jammu and Kashmir so that they could visit their religious places, especially Sharda, there. They said that the APHC should advocate for plying of a bus service to those religious sites.

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