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Chidambaram, Omar to meet in Delhi today

india Updated: Dec 07, 2009 00:48 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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The Centre and Jammu & Kashmir will explore ways of carrying forward “quiet diplomacy and quiet talks,” to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will meet on this in New Delhi on Monday, according to official sources.

Politicians and senior officers are silent on the venue and the subject of the talks.

This initiative is seen in political circles as a fallout of the attack on senior Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi on Friday.

“We will not allow these forces (terrorists) to succeed,” Omar Abdullah had told a gathering in Srinagar on Saturday, marking the 104th birth anniversary of his grandfather, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, former Prime Minister of Jammu & Kashmir (as it was called in the early fifties) and former chief minister. Qureshi is undergoing treatment at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar.

Both New Delhi and separatists have expressed their desire to rescue the peace dialogue, the necessity of which has been stressed by Chidambaram and Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

The intelligence bureau, it is learnt, has submitted a report on those involved in leaking information to the media. Such leakage has endangered the lives of pro-dialogue separatists.

The attack on Qureshi is seen as evidence of this. Secrecy is now the need of the hour, and also a best way to carry forward the dialogue, official sources say.

Qureshi is better-known as the facilitator of the direct talks between Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen and the Centre in 2000, and the point person for both sides in the 2009 round of talks as well.