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Hurriyat leaders to meet PM next week

The APHC will urge the prime minister to visit Pakistan to improve Indo-Pak ties, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 02:27 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi

The separatist conglomerate All Parties Hurriyat Conference will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "sometime next week" ahead of Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s important visit to Pakistan.

Mukherjee would be on a two-day visit to Pakistan from January 13. "A meeting with the prime minister is in the offing, though no firm date and time has been communicated to us as yet," All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Hindustan Times. But the meeting is expected to take place by mid-next week.

Among other things, the Hurriyat Conference will urge the prime minister to visit Pakistan to improve Indo-Pak ties.

The Hurriyat Conference chief said that the basic agenda of their talks with prime minister would be focusing on the failings of the central government in building stakes of people of Jammu and Kashmir in the peace process. "There is no considerable change in the ground situation, and we strongly feel that there is a strong need for a plan and measures that would make Kashmiris feel that they are important and they are being heard."

"Secondly, there is a question of tackling of overall problem of Jammu and Kashmir by involving Delhi, Islamabad, Muzzaffarabad and Srinagar," Mirwaiz said underlining the need for involving the leadership of the two sides of Jammu and Kashmir and also India and Pakistan in the process of Jammu and Kashmir resolution.

This will be Hurriyat Conference’s third meeting with prime minister since September 5, 2005, when the separatist conglomerate leadership first met him. The second meeting took place on May 3, 2006.

Mirwaiz said that the United Nations should "close its shop. It has failed in everything. It has lost its relevance."

I am very clear that the "United Nations has failed in Iraq, Afghanistan and if it cannot dispense justice and works as a stooge of the superpowers, it should better close its vend. The people are losing hope from this so called world body."

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First Published: Jan 07, 2007 00:37 IST