ISLAMABAD: A day after US President Donald Trump said that he was ready to mediate between India and Pakistan for the resolution of Kashmir dispute, pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders welcomed the gesture.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued in Srinagar, said, “Being the most affected party, the people of Kashmir want an early resolution to the lingering Kashmir conflict.”
He said he has been asking for dialogue at all levels and that every effort that pushes India and Pakistan in that direction is welcome by the people of the held territory.
Hurriyat leaders, in their statements, termed the joint press briefing of Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Donald Trump as historic. They said the offer of mediation by Trump assumes significance as the request has been made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Peoples Political Party (PPP) Chairman and APHC leader, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War appreciated US President’s concern and said it is a good omen for India, Pakistan, and people of Kashmir. War said Kashmir issue is a potential nuclear war threat which can engulf the entire world at any point of time.
Jammu Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem in a statement said world powers cannot remain a silent spectator to the continued bloodshed and suffering of the Kashmiris. He said this is a moral as well as a constitutional responsibility of the US and other big powers to promote peace and development in South Asian which is not possible until Kashmir issue is resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of the disputed territory.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party also welcomed Donald Trump’s offer for mediation on Kashmir. The party urged Indian leadership to respond positively to Trump’s offer. The party on completion of Shabbir Ahmad Shah’s two years in prison said that India had failed to break DFP Chairman’s resolve for freedom.