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Mirwaiz will be the first to be invited for talks with Centre

All Parties Hurriyat Conference ( moderate) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will be the first separatist leader to be called for a formal dialogue with the Centre within next two months to seek a permanent resolution to Kashmir crisis, according to official sources, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2009 17:35 IST
Arun Joshi

All Parties Hurriyat Conference ( moderate) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will be the first separatist leader to be called for a formal dialogue with the Centre within next two months to seek a permanent resolution to Kashmir crisis, according to official sources.



The dialogue process is already on at Track- two level .



“ It has made a substantial progress and a formal dialogue process with separatists will begin soon,” a top functionary of the government, privy to behind the scene developments and future course of action, told

Hindustan Times

on condition of strict anonymity.



According to him, the first round of the dialogue should begin before the end of this year- 2009.



Even Mirwaiz during an interview with

HT

sated that the dialogue would begin “ pretty soon”, which he translated as two months’ of time.



It will be a fresh beginning of dialogue between Kashmiri separatists and the Centre, as the four rounds – two during NDA rule and two others in the UPA’s first term- had remained inconsequential.



The UPA government had also held dialogue with Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone, who also participated in parliamentary elections early this year and lost, in January 2006, and with Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik in February 2006.



However, the staunchest opponent of the bilateral dialogue, Syed Ali Shah Geelani , refused to comment on the Mirwaiz entering into dialogue with Centre. Geelani heads a rival faction ( hardline) of the Hurriyat Conference.



“ This is their way of thinking, it may be their strategy or policy,” Geelani said while talking to Hindustan Times. “ What can I say about that,” he said.



“ As far as I am concerned the dialogue should precede India accepting the disputed status of Kashmir, and the talks should involve all the three parties- India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir and the aim should be to settle the Kashmir issue in the light of the UN resolutions- right to self determination- everything else is useless as it has been proved by the 120 rounds of Delhi-Islamabad, Delhi-Srinagar dialogue since 1952,” Geelani said.



Sources revealed that the talks would center around the implementation of the four of the five working group recommendations , which somehow are description of the separatists demands for troops reduction, bringing back of kashmiri youth from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, revocation of laws, like Armed Forces Special Powers Act.



These working groups were constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after second round table conference in Srinagar in may 2006, and their recommendations were adopted in third round table conference in April 2007. However, the fifth group that is to determine the Centre- state relations has not completed its deliberations till date.