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Pak invitation has Hurriyat factions’ bickering publicly

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, December 05, 2012
First Published: 19:56 IST(5/12/2012) | Last Updated: 19:57 IST(5/12/2012)

A day after hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani opposed the idea of a visit to Pakistan, moderate Hurriyat on Wednesday stood  its ground saying "the visit would be of a great significance and will have a far reaching impact on the Kashmir dispute."

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“Being the real representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the upcoming visit of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) would have a far reaching impact on the Kashmir dispute,” said a moderate Hurriyat spokesperson on Wednesday.

The spokesperson said the Hurriyat faction "will take on-the-spot stock of efforts being taken to find the permanent and final solution of the Kashmir dispute."

Islamabad has invited both the factions to Pakistan this month, at a time when the country is busy with upcoming elections.

Pakistan government’s invitation has seen a vertical divide between the factions of the Hurriyat. "The Hurriyat delegation would meet the opposition parties and other eminent people so as to know the progress made in the direction of solution of Kashmir dispute," said the spokesperson, adding "the Hurriyat will push for inclusion of Kashmiris in future talks."

On the contrary, the hardline Hurriyat claims it's a futile exercise as the parties in Pakistan will use the visit by Hurriyat factions as a political stunt to garner votes.

Geelani’s Hurriyat has also warned against diverting the core political problem of Kashmir to issues like trade.

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