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Talks with New Delhi yet to start: Mirwaiz

india Updated: Nov 22, 2009 19:39 IST

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Facing allegations of holding a "quiet dialogue" with the Centre, Hurriyat moderates, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Sunday said talks with New Delhi for resolving the Kashmir issue were yet to start.

Though several interlocutors had met the leadership of the Hurriyat urging the need for a dialogue with New Delhi, talks were yet to commence, Mirwaiz, chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, said.

"People like former Chief Information Officer Wajahat Habibullah, Prem Shanker Jha and others met us and urged us to start a dialogue with New Delhi.

"We did speak to them but that does not mean we have entered into a dialogue with New Delhi," Mirwaiz said.

Setting pre-conditions for talks, the Hurriyat dove said "if New Delhi is serious about the dialogue, it should first release prisoners, revoke all draconian laws, start phased withdrawal of troops and fulfil other conditions put forward by us."

Asserting the stand of the Hurriyat on talks was clear, he said "we want to talk to both India and Pakistan for the resolution of the Kashmir issue."

"We also want India and Pakistan to talk bilaterally. If this happens it will pave the way for tripartite talks and all the three parties can share a common negotiating table."

In a related development, the seven-member group of the General Council of the amalgam, at its meeting here, accused the Hurriyat leadership of not taking it into confidence in general and the people of Kashmir in particular on the issue.