Centre Revs Up K-talks, Next Invite For JKLF
27 January 2006
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: An invite for talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is on its way to Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, as the Centre speeds up dialogue with Kashmiri groups ahead of President George W. Bush's visit. The discussions will take place soon, possibly as early a next week, a source said. The Centre is keen to have a fair idea of the viewpoints of the Kashmiri groups before Bush comes calling, the source added. That would also blunt the bogey of self-governance and demilitarization being raised by Pakistan. The talks between Prime Minister and Yasin Malik would be the first-ever round of dialogue between the two sides, contrary to the impres sion that discussions have been started away from the public eye. The government is also ready to invite Shabir Ahmad Shah of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, and Hashim Qureshi, who heads the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party, as part of its resolution to widen the ambit of the dialogue process. When contacted, Malik said once after he receives the invite, he would devise his response and agenda. 'Let's see what the communication is,' he said. The Prime Minister had initiated a dialogue with Hurriyat Conference last September - a continuation of the talks started by the NDA in January, 2004. On January 14, the PM held a round of talks with Peoples' Conference's Sajjad Lone. Talking it out Centre is likely to talk to JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik (pic) next week Shabir Ahmad Shah of J&K Democratic Freedom Party and Hashim Qureshiof J&K Democratic Liberation Party could be next The PM had met Hurriyat leaders last September.