Talks only with someone close to PM: Hurriyat
10 February 2002
Chennai: Rejecting outright the possibility of negotiations with Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, the Centre''s ''unofficial'' emissary on Kashmir, the All- Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) today said it was ready to hold talks only with ''anyone having direct access to the Prime Minister'' for finding a ''lasting and permanent solution'' to the Kashmir issue. ''It will not be prudent for us to talk to a bureaucrat less in rank and status than that of the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, K.C. Pant,'' the senior Hurriyat leader, Abdul Gani Lone, said here. ''If the Hurriyat has to talk, it should be somebody having proximity to the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee''. Asked if he had any specific name in his mind, Mr. Lone said, ''it can be anyone...Someone like Mr. Brajesh Mishra''. - UNI.