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Understand Kashmir through Kabul prism: Mirwaiz suggests Delhi after Islamabad visit

Mirwaiz told a huge Friday congregation that if New Delhi does not take Kashmir solution seriously, a situation of “public revolution” could happen in 2013-14.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 28, 2012, 06.59 PM IST
SRINAGAR: As the return of the moderate separatist delegation from Pakistan coincided with a fierce gun-battle in south Kashmir killing two militants, the peacenik cleric told a huge Friday congregation that if New Delhi does not take Kashmir solution seriously, a situation of “public revolution” could happen in 2013-14. He said symbiotic bilateralism between India and Pakistan will not succeed as long as Kashmir is not resolved in the larger picture now emerging via Afghanistan.

“Kashmir expressed itself in 2010,” Mirwaz Umer Farooq told Friday worshippers from the Jamia Masjid pulpits. “If the delay continued, a situation of public revolution could rise in 2013 and 2014.”

The moderate who led seven member delegation to Pakistan and interacted with almost everybody in the government and opposition, was formally received by his supporters. He directly drove to the grand mosque and made his speech offering tidbits of his “successful” sojourn. Pakistan, he said, will continue “diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmir resistance.”

“It was clearly and categorically told by everybody that Pakistan will not resort to any emotional way out of Kashmir without involving the real leadership of the people in Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said. “As Pakistan is going for general elections, we requested all the political parties to include a just solution to Kashmir in their political manifestos.”

Acknowledging the bonhomie between India and Pakistan, Mirwaiz said the efforts to help economies grow on either side of the divide will not succeed as long as Kashmir issue is permitted to remain as a major irritant. “There is no possibility of political stability in south Asia as long as Kashmir remains unresolved,” Mirwaiz said. “Issues of Kashmir and Afghanistan need to understood together. Though solution to Afghanistan is possible only with the cooperation of India and Pakistan yet they can not enjoy a good relationship till Kashmir is unresolved.”

Mirwaiz said India and Pakistan will have to exhibit some kind of flexibility in their approach towards Kashmir. “You can not keep people suppressed for long on basis of your military might and economic prowess,” Mirwaiz said. “Any kind of political intervention, elections or economic concessions will not change the status of the dispute.”

At the same time, however, the peacenik cleric asserted over significance of intra-Kashmir dialogue, people to people contacts, trans-LoC travel and trade. He reiterated the separatist demand that the state subject should become the fundamental document for crossing the LoC, for trade or travel.

Mirwaiz led his delegation to Pakistan amid scathing criticism from hawks in the separatist camp saying it would be useless. In Islamabad, they had prolonged meetings with the political leadership. At certain places, they did some harsh talk as well that included the famous line – “Not India, Kashmiris are killing us”. One of the visiting leaders was even quoted saying that New Delhi wants to offer some concessions to Kashmir to sustain its growth.

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