October 1999 News

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Kashmiri leaders ask PM to visit Kashmir

26 October 1999
Daily Excelsior

SRINAGAR: Qaumi Mushawarati Council (QMC), a moderate separatist alliance of Kashmiri organisations, today appealed to Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to visit Kashmir to understand demands and aspirations of people of the Valley instead of going by reports being submitted by intelligence agencies and bureaucrats.

The appeal came during a meeting between the visiting delegation of ambassadors of European Union (EU) and Kashmiri leaders including former Chief Minister and Awami National Conference (ANC) president G M Shah and QMC Chairman Mohammad Azam Inquilabi here today, a QMC spokesman told PTI.

ANC is a constituent of the QMC.

Besides G M Shah, those present at the meeting held at Shah’s residence here included QMC secretary general Ghulam Rasool Wani, ANC vice president Khemlata Wakhloo and general secretary Mohammad Shafi.

The six-member EU delegation also called on state Chief Secretary Ashok Jaitly and Director General of Police Gurbachan Jagat, besides members of Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission.

Governor G C Saxena hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting dignitaries.

The EU delegation is also expected to meet the office bearers of Kashmir bar association here tomorrow.

The Delhi-based Envoys — Ambassador of Finland Benjamin Bassin, French Ambassador Claude Blanchemaison, Ambassador of Portugal Manuel Marcelo Curto, Deputy Chief of German Mission Ms Ute Banerjea Komers, European Commission Ambassador Michael Barrie McGeever and Deputy Chief of Mission of Finland Ms Satu Santala, arrived here yesterday on a four-day fact finding mission.

During a meeting the envoys had with a Hurriyat Conference delegation yesterday, Hurriyat’s acting Chairman Mirwaiz Maulana Umer Farooq submitted a two-page memoradium to them urging the envoys to impress upon India the need for resolving the Kashmir problem. (PTI)


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