Hurriyat Conference (moderate) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday made it clear that division of Jammu and Kashmir as a solution to the political problem was not acceptable.

In a bid to reach out to people in the mountainous region, the Mirwaiz began a three-day tour of Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah which are predominantly Muslim areas in the Jammu division.

Addressing a public meeting in Doda on Wednesday, he said Doda was part and parcel of Kashmir and “here the people have always supported the political struggle which is based on a just and genuine cause.” “I want to assure you that you are part of us and you will not be ignored in any process which is initiated for resolution of the Kashmir problem,” he told an enthusiastic crowd in Doda Chowk.

The Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat Conference would vociferously oppose any division of the State on geographical or regional basis. “That is not the solution acceptable to us,” he said.

‘Ready for dialogue’

“The Kashmir issue is not about transfer of governance or an economic issue or about packages and its needs should be resolved politically.” He said the Hurriyat was ready for dialogue, but rejected bilateral talks and added that the solution lay in tripartite talks.

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