GoI will soon initiate dialogue with Hurriyat and Pakistan, says Prof Bhat

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The only way forward is sitting across the table

Srinagar: Former Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat has said that the Government of India will soon initiate talks with the All Parties Hurriyat Conference as well as Pakistan.

Addressing people on the death anniversary of former Hurriyat chairman late Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone at Handwara, Bhat, a senior Hurriyat leader and Chairman of the Muslim Conference, said that dialogue was the only way forward in resolving the Kashmir issue.

Bhat added that only way which leads to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute is sitting across the table. He hinted that government of India would soon initiate dialogue with Pakistan as well as the Hurriyat Conference. While stressing that All Party Hurriyat Conference will talk in clarion terms, Prof Bhat said that the conglomerate was a viable platform which does not believe in dividing and whenever it enters into dialogue it will put forth its agenda unambiguously.

Prof Bhat’s statement has come at a time when government of India has already announced a ceasefire for the month of Ramzan. However Al Umar Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba have rejected the ceasefire.

Even the Joint Resistance Leadership had called it a ‘cosmetic measure’. During a seminar ‘Responsibility of Leadership in Safeguarding the Sanctity of Martyrdom’, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had said that no temporary initiative can prove fruitful unless steps are taken to address the basic dispute of Kashmir. He asked what next after this month? Will Government of India start killing people of Kashmir again?

Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, who was also present there, said the Kashmiri nation is a wise nation and people like him are not the watchmen of darkness but light. He stressed on forging unity on all fronts till the final goal is achieved.

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