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Mirwaiz welcomes Indo-Pak talks, seeks more 'bold steps'

November 11, 2011 20:40 IST
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Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Friday welcomed Indo-Pakistan talks as a "good omen" and said bold initiatives were needed for the success of the bilateral dialogue process.

"It is a good omen that India and Pakistan have agreed to write a new chapter in their history. There is a need for taking bold steps, leaving behind the past bitterness and the practice of complicating the issues," Mirwaiz said while addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.

He said the resolution of the Kashmir issue was imperative to make the dialogue process between the two countries result-oriented.

"If both countries are able to demonstrate political maturity and far-sightedness, the solution to all outstanding issues between them will come automatically on their own," Mirwaiz said and proposed withdrawal of troops from both parts of Kashmir.

"Such a Confidence Building Measure will give a new direction to the relations between the two countries and help in the resolution of Kashmir issue," he said.

Mirwaiz stressed on the resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Hurriyat understands that in the changing world scenario, there is no other option but dialogue to address the outstanding issues," he said.

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