Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Chairman of the Hurriyat (M) has said that if Government of India initiates ‘meaningful dialogue’, there will be a ‘positive response’, reported the Indian Express.
“I can tell you that if meaningful talks are initiated, there will be a positive response. Dialogue is the only way and that is our consistent stand,” he said. “Hurriyat has always been in favour of talks as the means of resolution. We have not said anything new. We have always been saying this. As the most affected party with daily killings of our young, we would naturally want peaceful resolution of the issue,” Mirwaiz told Indian Express.
Mirwaiz was responding to Governor Satya Pal Malik’s recent statement that Hurriyat is ready for talks.
“It is the same Hurriyat that once were shutting their doors to government now are ready for talks,” Malik had said while addressing a gathering at SKICC.
Mirwaiz further added, “From the time when all parties came together under one umbrella to form Hurriyat, (we) have maintained and reiterated that engagement and dialogue among stakeholders is the best and most peaceful means of resolution of the Kashmir issue and not (use of) force”.
Earlier, Malik while reaching out to the Kashmiri militants, had said that they should give up arms as Govt was ready to hold talks with them.