Mufti also urged the Centre and the Pakistan government to channelise their resources in solving the problems facing their own people rather than focusing on war, or a war-like atmosphere.
Mirwaiz asked the leadership of both countries to “desist from military adventurism, the consequences of which are directly borne by the people of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides and by poor soldiers”. Instead they should show the maturity to peacefully resolve the issue and put an end to the conflict, he said.
Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, at his weekly briefing, said Kashmir is an “internationally recognised” dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda.
“The solution to the Kashmir problem cannot be found by just snapping our fingers. Kashmir is an old issue, it has been going on since 1947.”
“There is a need for creating an atmosphere based on confidence building measures to start a meaningful dialogue among India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership to resolve Kashmir issue,” the statement said.
The US and Pakistan have emphasised the importance of meaningful dialogue in support of peaceful resolution of outstanding issues in Kashmir.
Omar was replying to a question about the PDP batting for talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat to resolve Kashmir issue.
He said that Kashmiris need to be engaged in the process and their rights must also be respected at all times.
“India has suspended the dialogue process and now it is New Delhi’s responsibility to resume it,” he said.
Omar said he was surprised at statements being made by Congress and PDP about need to resolve Kashmir issue and Article 370.
The “Million March” is planned on October 26 from London’s Trafalgar Square to highlight the Kashmir issue.
He said he was also seeking peace in Kashmir and his statements over Kashmir should not be misunderstood.
The call to Ban was part of Pakistan’s attempts to raise the Kashmir issue on international forums.
In the letter to Ban, Aziz said Pakistan believes the UN has an important role to play in promoting the objective of peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, including through his “good offices”.
The UN chief issued a statement encouraging India and Pakistan to resolve all the differences through dialogue.