Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz welcomes political dialogue in Kashmir

      Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed New Delhi's decision to open political dialogue and hoped that it would show flexibility and accommodation. Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Farooq said: " it speaks that there is a greater realisation in Delhi right now, that they do address and accept the fact that we have to move beyond traditional issues and we have to move beyond traditional statements, otherwise we have been only hearing in the last two-three years that Kashmir is an integral part and on those lines. So I think now we are seeing that people are talking in terms of realities on the ground." Farooq said there cannot be a military solution to the Kashmir problem. "I think all the parties - Kashmiris, India, Pakistan slowly and gradually are realising that we all have to come together. When we talk about Kashmir we talk about regions, we talk about regional aspirations. While everybody realises that this problem has to have a political solution, it cannot have a military solution. Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by military means, either by force or by suppression," he added. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said that Government would follow the policy of quiet diplomacy to find a solution to the problem in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the All India Editors Conference on Social and Infrastructure here, Chidambaram said: "The Government recognizes that there are different shades of opinion in the State and will hold consultations with all sections." "The whole effort would be quiet until the contours of a political solution to the problem are found. This is essential to take the process forward," he added.

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