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Hurriyat leaders to visit Jammu ahead of Pak visit

All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders will hold discussions with various groups in Jammu before leaving for Pakistan, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 12:47 IST
Arun Joshi

All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders will hold discussions with various groups in Jammu before leaving for Pakistan.

The Hurriyat delegation led by its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will arrive in Jammu on January 13 and during its stay will meet various organisations and also gather the views of Jammu's leaders on the peace process. According to APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, "the Hurriyat will incorporate Jammu's views in its agenda for Pakistan visit".

It is  quite in contrast to their first visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Pakistan in June 2005,  when they travelled straight  from Kashmir Valley to the other side of the LoC. They had travelled on Srinagar-Muzzaffarabad road.

This time they have chartered a new route via Jammu and Delhi.

In Delhi, they have a meeting with Prime Minister. It would, hopefully, take place on January 17.

"It is a feel-good atmosphere. Things are brightening up both- between India and Pakistan and also within the state as well," Mirwaiz told Hindustan Times. He said: "We are pleased with these developments and this has encouraged us to have full fledged discussions with the people of Jammu region as well."

Mirwaiz also disclosed that executive and general council of the Hurriyat Conference will  hold a crucial brain-storming session on Thursday to discuss how to pursue the dialogue and peace  process with Delhi, Islamabad, and Muzzaffarabad (capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir).

The Hurriyat is keen to take everyone on board. "We are looking toward very successful meetings with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pervez Musharraf and other leaders in Pakistan."

"All ideas that have come up so far will be discussed in a dispassionate manner," he said.
The coming weekend's Jammu visit would be third of the Hurriyat Conference leaders in Jammu in the past one year. They had visited in February and April last year.

Email Arun Joshi: a_joshi957@rediffmail.com