Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the rising tensions between two nuclear powers, Pakistan and India.
According to media sources, the Hurriyet forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the major reason for bitterness and border skirmishes between the two countries was the unresolved Kashmir dispute. “Until the basic issue is resolved, the two nations will continue to remain at loggerheads with each other,” he added.
The spokesman said that because of the fragile relations between Pakistan and India since the past many decades, people of Kashmir had been the worst sufferers. He said that India and Pakistan must take concrete steps by accepting the basic reality that Kashmir settlement was inevitable for peace in the entire South Asian region and for the development and progress of the two countries.
For the everlasting peace in South Asia, the spokesman said: “The two countries must realize the sensitivities involved and give the people of Kashmir their basic birthright, right to self-determination for an honorable resolution of the dispute.”