Talks to fail if Kashmir not addressed
12 September, 2012
SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that talks between Pakistan and India will fail to yield positive results unless the Kashmir dispute is addressed in its historical perspective.
Syed Ali Gilani in a media interview in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris should be given the right to be associated with the talks process as a party to the dispute.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R Chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar in a statement in Srinagar welcomed the assertion of Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar that a simultaneous progress was needed on all issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir in talks between Pakistan and India.
APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt addressing mass contact programmes in various areas of Chadoora urged India to stop human rights violations to create an atmosphere conducive for tripartite talks on Kashmir.
The Chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Yasmeen Raja addressing a party meeting in Srinagar said that the restrictions on political activities of Hurriyet leaders belied India's claim of being a democratic country.
On the other hand, rich tributes were paid to photojournalist, Mushtaq Ali on his death anniversary at a special prayers programme, held at Mazar-e-Shuhada in Srinagar. Mushtaq was killed in a parcel bomb explosion in Srinagar on 10th September in 1995.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead an activist of pro-India National Conference at Raepora Kalan in Pattan.