Kashmir issue not solvable under Indian or Pakistani constitutions: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar | (PTK): Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said Kashmir issue can neither be solved within the ambit of the Indian or Pakistani constitutions.

In an interview to a national daily, Mirwaiz said Kashmir had been under the ambit of the Indian constitution for 70 years and there has been no solution to it.

The problem cannot be solved within the ambit of the Indian or Pakistani constitutions, he said.

About the offer of talks from New Delhi, Mirwaiz said New Delhi isn’t even acknowledging that Kashmir is a problem.

“They are sometimes saying it is a law and order issue, sometimes it is an employment issue and now they are blaming Pakistan and the separatists,” he said.

Asked if Hurriyat was pushing people to hardships by calling endless strikes, the Mirwaiz said rather than blaming the separatists, government should be questioned.

“They have imposed curfew for the last 45-days and are getting more companies of CRPF and have even called back BSF to crush the people. Rather than addressing the problem politically, they are coming down with heavy military approach,” he said.

However, Mirwaiz has admitted that to some extent there is a section of the youth who are of the view that dialogue and engagement are not going to lead them anywhere.

Asked what is the solution, keeping in view the present world order, he said the most easy and democratic way of solving the problem is to hold a referendum on both sides of the Line of Control or there should be tripartite talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmiris.

About the future of the present agitation heading, the Mirwaiz said one needs not to look at the end point of this agitation.

“Whether 2008, 2010 or the present uprising, it all boils down to what Kashmiris want. They want freedom and every time the demand has been the same,” he has said. (PTK)