January 2006 News

We'll Discuss Kashmir With Musharraf: Hurriyat

1 January 2006
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Ahead of its Pakistan visit from Monday, separatist outfit Hurriyat Conference said it would discuss the Kashmir issue with President Pervez Musharraf and other Pakistan leaders.During its politically significant visit, mainly aimed at expressing solidarity with survivors of the October 8 earthquake that had rocked India and Pakistan, the three-member delegation, led by Hurriyat's founder chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, will meet Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and discuss with him the Kashmir issue. 'We have nothing in specific but we will be generally talking about every scenario vis-a- vis Kashmir', senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Bhat, who is also part of the delegation said. The Hurriyat visit to Pakistan is likely to last a week. He said the resolution to the Kashmir issue will be focus of their talks with the leadership in Pakistan. Bhat said the Hurriyat team, also including Bilal Lone, will also visit areas of PoK which have been severely hit by the killer quake. 'We will also like to hold discussions with the political leaderhsip in POK about the resolution of Kashmir issue. We want to have a united voice,' he said. To a question about the possibility of holding of a second round of talks with the Centre, he said, 'Hurriyat was ready for any time though much has not been done on the ground on the issues of human rights violation and custodial killings'.


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