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Hurriyat leaders meet Pak president

They seek a middle-path as a solution of J&K crisis - different from the stated positions of both, India and Pakistan, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 02:09 IST
Arun Joshi

A three-member delegation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference met President Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan on Friday for more than 150 minutes and sought a middle-path as a solution of Kashmir crisis — different from the stated positions of both, India and Pakistan.

The APHC delegation that began its weeklong tour of Pakistan on Thursday, were invited for a luncheon meeting with President Musharraf on Friday."The meeting lasted for two-and-half hours and all issues concerning Kashmir, with a special reference to President Mushraff's four-point formula were discussed," Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman for the Hurriyat Conference, told Hindustan Times.
Shahid-ul-Islam is in constant touch with APHC leadership, currently on a visit to Pakistan.

According to him, the meeting was"fruitful" and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is leading the delegation has impressed upon Pakistani leadership to devise a way, or help Kashmiri leadership in doing so, to bring about an acceptable solution of Kashmir crisis.

"This should be a stand that is different from the stated positions of India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue," Shahid-ul-Islam quoted Mirwaiz having told Pakistani leadership. Besides Mirwaiz, the delegation consists of Bilal Gani Lone and Abdul Ghani Bhat. TheAPHC delegationalso met the top leadership of rulingMuslim League in Pakistan and also had a dinner meeting withPakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) PM Sardar Attique Khan.

However, media reports from Pakistan said thatPresident Musharraf, while supporting the direction of the moderates,said that the elements which were trying to create confusion aboutPakistan's stand on Kashmir should be discouraged.

Though the media reports did not identify these elements, the reference appeared to be towardhardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had given a general strike call against Hurriyat's visit to Pakistan on Wednesday. He is critical of President Musharraf's stand on Kashmir.

Geelani has described Musharraf as a "stooge of America".

But President Musharraf has lent full support toHurriyat Conference's stand of seeking Kashmir solution through dialogue, and that too by involving oneand all.
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First Published: Jan 20, 2007 01:17 IST