Hurriyat Leaders Meet Zardari, Hina
KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said Pakistan firmly believes in a meaningful, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement with India that could lead to a permanent solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with aspirations of its people.
He was talking to a seven-member delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference led by Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq here at the Bilawal House.
Spokesperson to President Senator Farhatullah Babar said the President remarked that finding an amicable and just solution to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir dispute was important for Pakistan and India to ensure lasting peace, stability and development in the region.
The Pakistani President said the people of Kashmir had rendered huge sacrifices for upholding their dignity and freedom, pleading for equity and justice and the fulfillment of the promise for the effective exercise of their right to self-determination.
APHC delegation besides Mirwaiz included Maulana Abbas Ansari Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat Muslim conference, Bilal Ghani Lone J&K Peoples Conference, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza J&K Peoples League, Agha Syed Hasan al-Moosvi J&K Anjuman-e-Shari-Shiayan and Mussadiq Adil J&K Peoples Political Front.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman PPP, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit - Baltistan, Malik Amad Ahmad Khan, MOS for foreign affairs, Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin, senior minister AJ&K, Jalil Abbas Jilani Foreign Secretary, Kamran Ali Qureshi Secretary Kashmir Affairs & GB and Ms. Nasreen Haque, Special Secretary to the President were also present during the meeting.
The President recalled his meeting with Chairman APHC in New York in September on the sidelines of United Nation General Assembly session and said engagement with APHC leadership was a positive development and recognition of the just cause of the people of Kashmir.
The President praised the efforts of the Hurriyat leadership for highlighting the case of the people of Kashmir at various international forums.
Mirwaiz paid gratitude to President Zardari for his support to Kahmiri cause. Hurriyat leaders said on the occasion that Kashmiri people wish to see a stronger Pakistan.
Indian regime imposed gun on Kashmiri people but now they are moving forward with a peaceful struggle, said the Kashmiri leaders during talks with President Zardari.
Earlier, Mirwaiz with his delegation upon reaching Karachi in the morning paid a visit to Qauid-e-Azam’s mausoleum.
Later on, the Kashmiri delegation visited MQM headquarter Nine-Zero, where they were warmly received by key leaders of the party.
Hurriyat sources said that during the meeting, they had a long telephonic conversation with the self exiled MQM leader Altaf Hussain, who assured all possible help for the resolution process.
“Hussain said that if Kashmiris want independence, there shouldn’t be any problem for Pakistan”, a Hurriyat leader who was present in the meeting said. Altaf Husain has also said that there won’t be any solution to the problem unless Kashmiris were made part of the process.
Earlier last evening the delegation met Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad.
“Kashmir is the core issue for Pakistan and there is no compromise on that”, Rabbani told the visiting Hurriyat delegation who met her over dinner at the Foreign Office.
During the more than one and a half hour meeting, the Hurriyat delegation discussed the prevailing situation with the Pak FM, and stressed upon her that both the countries should take Kashmiris on board while negotiating the Issue. “We are not only the part of the dispute but also the sufferers, so without the intervention of Kashmiris, no solution should be expected to come out”, the delegation, according to sources, told Rabani.
Pakistan Foreign Secretary was also present at the meeting. KO Monitoring Desk