LAHORE – Senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Saturday said that Pak-India peace efforts would be fruitless without the resolution of the Kashmir issue, while India had no other option except dialogue.

Mirwaiz, who is leading a delegation of the APHC, expressed these views while talking to the media at Mansoora after a meeting with the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leadership.

He said that no stakeholder of the Kashmir issue was opposed to good relations between Pakistan and India‚ however the Kashmiris desire that the Kashmir issue should be the major agenda item of the Pak-India peace efforts.

Mirwaiz said that talks had been held with the senior leadership of JI to evolve a joint strategy for the solution of Kashmir issue.

He said that all the political parties as well as the people of Pakistan had identical views on the long standing issue of Kashmir.

Mirwaiz appreciated the efforts of JI for the Kashmir cause, adding that JI had also rendered numerous sacrifices for the Kashmir cause.

JI secretary general, Liaqat Baloch said that the people of Pakistan were sure that the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris would not go to waste and Kashmiris would soon achieve their goal of freedom.  He said that the root cause of tension between India and Pakistan was the Kashmir issue and the people of both the countries were suffering because of the stubbornness of the Indian leadership on the matter.

JI leader said that relations between India and Pakistan could not become normal without solving the Kashmir issue.

Baloch stressed upon the UN and the world community to pressurise New Delhi for plebiscite in Kashmir. He said there was complete unanimity among the political parties of Pakistan so far as the Kashmiris right to self determination was concerned.

Both the APHC and JI leadership jointly said on this occasion that it was the duty of the United Nations and the world community to play their role for the solution of the Kashmir issue like East Taimur and South Sudan.

Later Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Kashmir was a trilateral issue of which Kashmiris were an integral part.

He said that Kashmiri people want that the Kashmir issue should remain the focal point of Pak-India peace efforts.

APHC senior leader said that Kashmiri leaders’ visit to Pakistan was beginning of a process for the solution of the long standing issue.

Mirwaiz said that APHC delegation met with leaderships of various political parties in Pakistan and found that the Kashmir issue was on the priority of each party.

He reiterated that the will of Kashmiris’ could not be subdued by the use of force and the issue should be resolved in accordance with the aspiration of the Kashmiris.

Huriyat leader Professor Abdul Ghani Bhatt said that the survival of the South Asian region was linked with the solution of the Kashmir issue, as there was no other option.