A seven-member delegation of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference visited Pakistan from December 15 to 22, 2012, and held discussions as part of consultation process with the Pakistani political leadership on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

The delegation was headed by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and its other members were Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Bilal Ghani Lone, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Musaddiq Aadil.

Pakistani leaders assured the visiting delegation that the people and government of Pakistan will continue their unwavering support to their Kashmiri brethren engaged in a just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination and keep on highlighting the Kashmir dispute at the global level. They also called for settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations through implementation of the relevant UN resolutions.

During their stay in Pakistan, the APHC leaders met the people belonging to different quarters, briefed them about the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir and the efforts being made by the Hurriyet Conference for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

The visit of All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders is significant on many accounts. It helped the leadership of different political parties of Pakistan and the All Parties Hurriyet Conference to share their point of view on the Kashmir dispute.

Secondly, it showed that Pakistan is sincere to take the Kashmiri leadership on board for reaching any negotiated settlement of the dispute. This was reiterated by the President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and other leaders in their meetings with the visiting delegates. Thirdly, it demonstrated that there is complete harmony and consensus of approach between Pakistan and the Hurriyet leadership – which is the main strength of the Kashmir liberation movement – pointing towards the fact that the Kashmiris’ aspirations will be the top priority whenever talks were held with New Delhi.

Fourthly, it depicted the difference in the attitude of India and Pakistan on Kashmir. While, New Delhi is not even ready to acknowledge the Kashmiris’ just liberation struggle, Pakistan not only considers it legitimate and indigenous one but also has been extending over the years its all out moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir movement at all international fora. Fifth, it boosted the morale of Kashmiri people who have been facing the worst kind of Indian state terrorism for challenging its illegal hold on their homeland.

Sixth, the visit also sent a loud and clear message to the international community that Pakistan and Hurriyet leaders are sincere for resolution of the Kashmir dispute through meaningful dialogue process and that it was the responsibility of the world to impress upon India to reciprocate their efforts in this regard.

The leaderships of Pakistan and Hurriyet Conference have always advocated the peaceful settlement of the lingering dispute as per the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. However, India’s continued intransigence and aggressive policies have frustrated all the efforts aimed at achieving this objective.

Unfortunately, the world community has also so far failed to fulfil its obligations towards redeeming the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination as it has done in the cases of East Timor, Kosovo and South Sudan.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has rightly said that Hurriyet leaders’ visit to Pakistan will have very positive and far-reaching implications and pave the way for settling the longstanding conflict over Kashmir. Now, it is the responsibility of the world community, particularly the United Nations, to grab the opportunity and impress upon New Delhi to take steps for settling the Kashmir dispute for ensuring permanent peace and stability in South Asia.

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