Separatists welcome Sharif’s plan

Updated - November 16, 2021 03:55 pm IST

Published - October 02, 2015 01:19 am IST - SRINAGAR:

Separatist groups on Thursday described Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s U.N. speech “realistic and practical” and welcomed his four-point proposal to normalise relations between the two countries.

“Sharif has shown political maturity and will to resolve issues with New Delhi. He also exhibited flexibility toward resolving the Kashmir issue and all other outstanding issues between the two countries in order to bring peace in the region,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of a Hurriyat faction.

He said Mr. Sharif presented concrete ideas to make headway. “It is time for the Government of India to reciprocate his four-point peace initiative,” said Mr. Farooq.

Ali Shah Geelani, who heads another faction of the Hurriyat, praised Mr. Sharif for “demanding complete demilitarisation of Jammu & Kashmir.” “The U.N. has damaged its credibility by not fulfilling its responsibility in addressing the Kashmir issue. Special veto powers of the five nations have made this institution a non-beneficial and helpless entity,” Mr. Geelani said.

Separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik claimed that addressing the Kashmir issue was “necessary to save South Asia from wars and clashes.”

“Mr. Sharif’s proposals are positive and reasonable. For a peaceful and prosperous sub-continent, India and Pakistan will have to make every effort for resolution of the issue. Besides, inclusion of Kashmiris in the dialogue process should be ensured,” said Mr. Malik.

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