February 2004 News

Malik on ‘secret mission’ in Delhi

5 February 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik today held back-channel negotiations with senior officials during his 'secret mission' to the national capital, bolstering the Centre’s efforts to broaden the dialogue process with separatists. Malik had refused to be a part of the five-member Hurriyat delegation which held talks with Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani here on January 22. The JKLF chief has maintained equal distance from both factions of the Hurriyat Conference — one led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the other by Maulana Abbas Ansari. Highly-placed sources told UNI that Mr Malik was on a day-long 'secret mission' here during which he held back-channel negotiations with senior officials. The sources said Malik is desperately trying to gain credibility after being sidelined in the Centre-Hurriyat talks. They said the JKLF chief also met Red Cross officials in the capital. Malik has so far avoided all important meetings of the Hurriyat Executive Committee, the highest decision-making body of the 23-party separatist conglomerate. He is one of the seven executive members of the amalgam. The sources said he is upset with the Hurriyat leadership after he was denied a chance to become chairman of the separatist alliance. Malik later left for Srinagar. (UNI)


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