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Mirwaiz Umer Farooq meets Basit on Pakistan’s J&K stand

Farooq said “Hurriyat believes that Kashmir is a political problem, not a problem of good or bad governance".

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Chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq Sunday met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit to understand Islamabad’s stand at the recent Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan besides informing him of the “ground situation” in the state.

After reaching Delhi, Mirwaiz, who is leading a team of seven members to participate in the Pakistan Day celebrations Monday, said, “It is important that you understand, if we have to end violence, Kashmir cannot have a military solution. But we also need to have a parallel political process so that we can move towards this resolution.”

“Hurriyat believes that Kashmir is a political problem, not a problem of good or bad governance. It is not a territorial dispute, it is not a regional dispute. It’s an issue about the people. Let some political initiative be taken. We are ready to support that process, both vis-a-vis New Delhi and through Islamabad,” he said.

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Mirwaiz later met Basit where the envoy told him about the stand taken by Islamabad during the talks between Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishanker and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

This meeting comes a fornight after Basit had gone to the Delhi residence of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and updated him about the talks.