“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.
Again raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the UN, Sharif had said that a “veil” cannot be drawn on the issue of Kashmir.
The right to reply will be exercised by a senior official of India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Ajaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that Pakistan believes that a plebiscite is still a solution to Kashmir.
On demands for revoking the AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said there is “no consensus” on the issue.