January 2007 News

Hurriyat extends stay in Pak

22 January 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Islamabad: A three-member Hurriyat delegation led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today extended their stay in Pakistan till January 27 to evolve a consensus among various political parties over President Pervez Musharraf’s four-point proposal to resolve the Kashmir issue. The Hurriyat delegation, also comprising Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone, was slated to return on January 24. It will now hold an all-party conference of political parties of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to build a consensus. They are also likely to meet Musharraf, at present on a visit to the Middle-East, again. Farooq said the idea was to galvanise support for the peace process and discuss Musharraf’s proposals of demilitarisation, self governance and joint management to resolve Kashmir issue, which were opposed by militants and hardline leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The delegation had a meeting with Pakistan People’s Party’s unit in PoK but failed to arrive at a consensus. The Mirwaiz was quoted by the Daily Times newspaper as saying that 'all parties, ruling or opposition, religious or nationalist, should unite on one agenda for the solution of Kashmir issue.' The Hurriyat delegation, after their meeting with the PoK leadership, had also announced the formation of two Working Groups to work out the peace process on either side of Kashmir. However, during its meeting with PoK opposition leaders, they failed to muster support for this cause as well.


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