January 2004 News

After Advani, Hurriyat wants to meet Pak generals too

18 January 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference on Sunday said it wanted to hold talks with militant leadership in Pakistan on Kashmir issue after parleys with the Centre and threatened to pull out of the dialogue process if the government refuses permission to its leaders to travel to the neighbouring country.'We are going to go ahead with the talks with Government (in New Delhi on January 22). In the second phase, we would like to travel to Pakistan to take the Kashmiri and militant leadership across the Line of Control into confidence,' Hurriyat chief Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari told reporters at the amalgam headquarters in Srinagar.If the Centre refuses to allow the Hurriyat delegation to go to Pakistan, it would return to the Kashmir valley and pull out of the talks process, he said.'It all comes down to the sincerity of the Centre. If it is sincere on resolution of Kashmir issue, we will be allowed to visit Pakistan,' Ansari added.The Hurriyat chairman said over the past two days, the amalgam had convened a series of meetings to build a broader consensus before heading for talks with Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani.'We had invited parties outside the Hurriyat and people from a cross-section of the society including intellectuals to get their views on the talks. Most of them supported the dialogue process,' he said.


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