Kashmiri leaders welcome Modi’s Pakistan visit

Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Syed Ali Shah Geelani

New Delhi, India, Dec 27 : A number of Kashmiri leaders welcomed today, the surprise visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to Pakistan.

Kashmir’s Hurriyat Conference (moderate) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was quoted by the Indian news agency Press Trust of India as saying that, the visit is “a positive move.”

The leader of hard-line faction of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, said, they have no objection to improved ties between India and Pakistan. But he stressed the need of resolving the Kashmir issue, according to the wishes and aspirations of the people in the disputed region.

“We do not have any issues with relations improving between India and Pakistan … No right-thinking person shall have any reservation on it. However, the two countries have to address the Kashmir issue as per wishes and aspirations of the people, if these endeavours are to succeed,” Geelani said.

Chief of Muslim Conference of the moderate Hurriyat faction, Abdul Gani Bhat, also pledged his party’s support to the resumption of stalled talks between the two neighbours.

“Muslim Conference pledges support to the resumption of, what is now termed as comprehensive dialogue to resolve all disputes, including, of course, the dispute on Kashmir, and consider this development as an effectively civilised means to move out from the frozen yesterdays, to a peacefully productive tomorrow,” he said.

Indian Prime Minister Modi made a surprise visit to Pakistan, on his way back from Afghanistan and pledged to resume the stalled bilateral talks, during a meeting with Pakistani counterpart, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.– NNN-PTI

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