‘Indian PM to meet APHC leaders’
15 August 2005
New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is likely to meet leaders of Kashmir’s All Parties Hurriyat Conference in the first week of September, just before his talks with President Gen Pervez Musharraf, the Hindustan Times said on Monday. “The long-awaited Centre-Hurriyat talks are set to be revived in early September,” the newspaper said, quoting informed sources. But, it cautioned, that “powerful sections of the bureaucratic lobby and Kashmir-centric intelligence agencies are wary of an early resumption of talks.” The meeting is likely to take place sometime between the end of Parliament’s monsoon session on Aug 26 and Dr Singh’s mid-September visit to New York for the UN General Assembly session. Mr Singh indicated in his Independence Day address on Monday that he would be keen to meet the leaders. The proposed meeting between the prime minister and the Hurriyat will be the first since the Congress-led government to power in May last year.