Centre Wants To Hold Talks With Hizb: Mehbooba
16 January 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: President of ruling People's Democratic Party in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, has indicated that the Delhi intended to initiate dialogue with Hizbul Mujahideen in the near future to resolve the Kashmir issue. Welcoming Hurriyat Conference's positive response to the Delhi's formal invitation for talks, Mehbooba said, 'In the near future, the Centre (New Delhi) intends to initiate a dialogue process with the Hizbul Mujahideen to resolve the Kashmir issue.' Addressing a public meeting in Zainapora-Shopian area of Pulwama district, she said that the militants should respect the people's aspirations for peace and support the peace initiatives undertaken by India and Pakistan. The PDP chief said that people who visited it last year themselves witnessed that 'every Kashmiri is not a militant and the situation has changed drastically'. Mehbooba said that investors from outside the state were now willing to invest in Kashmir. 'One of the highlights of mufti's visit to London in this regard was to motivate Kashmiri businessmen settled there to help the state by investing in Srinagar,' she said.