Pak activist demands visa, wants to go to Kashmir
Posted on: 02:48 AM IST Apr 24, 2012
Amritsar: Pakistan s human and civil rights activist Ansar Burney on Monday asked the Central government to grant him visa to visit Kashmir for interacting with people in an effort to establish peace in the Valley.
He wanted to meet people to convince them that nothing could be achieved through violence, Burney said.
The Kashmir problem was being encashed by politicians in both countries to derive political mileage, he said. By visiting Kashmir, he wanted to tell people that they should not dance to tunes of politicians, the human rights activist said.
Governments of the two neighbouring nations should adopt a liberal visa policy for Kashmiris to enable them to visit each other's territory, he said.
This would help in establishing peace on both sides, Burney said.
On infiltration from across the border into Kashmir, he said maintenance of law and order and preservation of peace was an internal security matter of India.
Blaming Islamabad for infiltration and violence would not be of any help, Burney said.
Favouring cordial relations between India and Pakistan, he said both the nations should hold dialogue in a cordial atmosphere to resolve all outstanding issues.
On terrorist mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Burney said he was roaming freely and holding public meetings in Islamabad. Pakistan, he said, should reveal the truth to India for the sake of good relations between the two countries.
Burney said the ban on movements of Saeed, suspecting of masterminding numerous terror strikes including the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, by Pakistan was purely a drama.