Hurriyat Moderates Welcome PM's Statement4 March 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that India will enter into talks with Pakistan with an open mind but said any condition on a dialogue with people of Jammu and Kashmir was 'unnecessary'. 'It is a healthy development when a Prime Minister of any country talks about resolving issues through dialogue. However, the dialogue looses its essence if there are any preconditions,' acting Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said. Bhat was referring to the Prime Minister's statement in Jammu in which Singh said, 'There is no way forward but a sustained dialogue and resolution of all problems under a constitutional framework that I believe has the flexibility to accommodate honourable and durable solutions for all.' He said the dialogue should be held with an open mind and between all the concerned parties. 'When the dialogue begins, anything can come up ... there should be no preconcieved notions about a solution,' Bhat said. The senior Hurriyat leader said the Prime Minister's assertion about dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding issues was a healthy political development. 'We consider it as a healthy political development especially with reference to turmoil in Jammu and kashmir and the Indo-Pakistan relations,' he added. Pro-independence JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was not available for comment as he was in Jammu in with the hearing of a case in a TADA court.