Malik, Mirwaiz who are ‘liberals’ can play a key role in resolution of Kashmir issue, says PDP lawmaker

Mainstream politician has two priorities: saving his life and vote bank

Hurriyat is a divided house, we (mainstream) are scared 

If Malik, Mirwaiz fail to convince Geelani, they should go ahead for unconditional talks with India 

If some parties oppose the move, NC and PDP should join hands for the interest of Kashmiris

Jammu: Ruling People’s Democratic Party on Tuesday said that Resistance leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik can play a key role in the resolution of Kashmir issue.

“A mainstream politician in Kashmir has only two priorities. One is to save his life and another to save his vote bank. These two priorities diverted his attention from Kashmir issue,” Javaid Hussain Beigh, MLA Baramulla told CNS adding that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik can play a key role in the resolution of Kashmir.

“So far neither mainstream politicians nor Hurriyat have managed to move in the right direction. We are scared while Hurriyat is a divided lot. Geelani is hardcore while Shabir Shah is a confused and a directionless politician. There is hope in Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik who are liberals. It is their duty to chalk out future strategy and convince Geelani to hold talks with Government of India,” Beigh said.

He added that if Mirwaiz and Malik fail to convince Geelani, then the duo should go ahead and start unconditional dialogue with India.

“Mirwaiz and Malik should ask Pakistan to keep the borders cool and at the same time convince Syed Salahuddin to enter into a ceasefire agreement. As the dialogue process starts, mainstream parties from Jammu and Kashmir should convene a special Assembly session urging upon India to resolve Kashmir issue in such a manner that it will be win-win situation for all the three parties: India, Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir. If some mainstream parties will oppose the move then National Conference and PDP should get united in the interest of people of Kashmir who are the main sufferers,” Javaid Hussain Beigh said.

PDP legislator said that shying away from dialogue process will add to the trouble. “People of Kashmir are suffering. Hatred begets hatred. Killings of soldiers and militants are widening the gap between people of Kashmir and India. Cutting across party lines we have to unite in the interest of people of Kashmir and find a solution to this problem,” Beigh said.

Responding to a question, Beigh said forging an alliance by PDP with BJP is not an issue at all for the people of Kashmir. “There is a larger issue and that is Kashmir issue. People desperately want resolution of the Kashmir issue. Can you guarantee us, if PDP breaks away with BJP, then the youth of Kashmir will stop picking guns and Burhan Wani like boys will stop influencing youth? He questioned.

(With inputs from CNS)

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