Looking ahead, Delhi lets the Hurriyat bus go beyond PoK in Pak
31 May 2005
The Indian Express
EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi: Dropping its stand that any travel by Hurriyat leaders beyond Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) would be contrary to the understanding between India and Pakistan, the Government has decided to let the Kashmiri separatist leaders make their own travel plans. Official sources today said that the separatist leaders could use their passports to travel beyond PoK. In short, if they decide to visit Lahore and Islamabad. Those without passports could fill in applications and passports would be issued at the earliest, sources said. Advertisement In Islamabad today, after a meeting with visiting BJP president L K Advani, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Hurriyat ‘‘represented’’ the people of Kashmir and their visit to Pakistan was being eagerly awaited. ‘‘We look forward to their visit and I personally, the government and the President (Pervez Musharraf) are looking forward to meet them... This will help in better understanding and make progress on the Kashmir issue,’’ Aziz said. Of the Kashmiri separatist leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Bilal Lone and Yasin Malik have passports. Shabir Ahmed Shah has already filed an application and he will be issued a passport tomorrow.