July 2006 News

Centre reopens channels of communication with Hurriyat leaders

30 July 2006
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: The dialogue process with the moderate wing of the Hurriyat Conference may resume as the Centre has reopened its channels of communication with its leaders. The Hurriyat leaders have made it clear that they are not averse to it. On the sidelines of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, senior Supreme Court lawyer and a track-II activist Ashok Bhan held separate meetings with Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, his colleague Abdul Ghani Bhat and Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Shah. , Sources said Mr. Bhan talked about the recent setback to the India-Pakistan peace process and New Delhi's intention to continue with the internal process. He conveyed to Hurriyat leaders that the Government did not want to close the chapter of dialogue with them. In their meetings the leaders are understood to have expressed willingness to pick up the thread from the last meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Not averse to dialogue While making it clear that they were not averse to the dialogue process, the leaders said steps needed to be taken to make the atmosphere conducive, by ending 'human rights violations.' 'Dialogue in such an atmosphere cannot go together' they reportedly told Mr. Bhan.

 

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