Srinagar, June 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while calling upon Pakistan and India to forget the bitterness of the past and start a new chapter has made it clear to the Narendra Modi-led government in New Delhi that the Kashmir dispute needs a peaceful and political solution.

Delivering the Eid sermon at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar on Wednesday, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “We want to remind the new political dispensation in India that the Kashmir issue is a reality which cannot be wished away.

“It needs a peaceful and political solution. We are ready to extend a helping hand and support a peaceful dialogue between the two countries,” he said.

“We demand that the present military approach against our youth be stopped. I pray that today’s Eid, being celebrated in the entire South, should bring the message of peace, friendship, well being and prosperity for the people of India, Pakistan and Kashmir. We pray that the people of India and Pakistan start a new chapter today, forgetting the bitterness and mistrust of the past,” he added.

“The people of Kashmir and their leadership want to become a bridge of friendship between the two countries.”

“We demand and expect that all the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) like Srinagar-Muzaffarabad trade, people-to-people contacts which have been put on hold are restored. We don’t expect these CBMs to be restored only between the two parts of Kashmir but want such CBMs to be announced between India and Pakistan as well.”

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