January 2006 News

PM's Kashmir Talks Offer Open To All, Says Azad

11 January 2006
The Indian Express

Srinagar: A day after PM Manmohan Singh invited People's Conference chairman Sajjad Lone for talks, J-K Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the dialogue invitation is not exclusive but is extended to all separatist leaders who want to talk to the Centre. 'The PM has told me that he is ready to talk to everybody,' Azad said. 'I called the PM yesterday and he wants everybody in the dialogue process, to make it an inclusive rather than an exclusive affair.' Azad said that the Centre was ready to hold another round of talks with the Hurriyat moderates led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. 'He (the PM) said he is always been willing to talk to them but they wanted to resume the dialogue after their return from Pakistan,' Azad said, adding that it was now up to the Hurriyat to come forward for the talks. Azad, however, emphasised that he is in favour of the dialogue process between New Delhi and Islamabad and hoped that it would resolve the problem permanently.


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