Hurriyat team asks India, Pak to fully open LoC

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday called on the leadership of India and Pakistan to fully open the Line of Control (LoC) for travel and trade to give impetus to the peace process.

The limited opening of the LoC for some trade routes and cross-border bus services was not enough, he told reporters during an interaction in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"Limited movement of people and goods is not enough, it should be opened for Kashmiris so that they can move across freely to boost the peace process," Farooq said.

He also called for including the Kashmiris in the peace process, saying the Kashmir issue was not a matter between just India and Pakistan.

"No solution without the involvement of Kashmiris will be acceptable to us as we are an important party in the Kashmir dispute," he said.

Farooq is in Pakistan with a seven-member delegation. The team, which arrived here on Saturday night, is visiting at the invitation of the Pakistan government.

The delegation on Sunday met leaders from PoK for consultations on the Kashmir issue and talks on the matter between India and Pakistan. It also briefed the leaders on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and discussed options for the inclusion of Kashmiris in the bilateral dialogue. Besides Farooq, other members of the delegation include Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Bilal Ghani Lone and Musadiq Aadil.

During its stay in Pakistan, the delegation is scheduled to meet PM Raja Pervez Ashraf, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Kashmir Affairs Minister Manzoor Wattoo, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Tehrik-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan and other leaders.

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