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Mirwaiz, Hurriyat leaders leave for Pakistan

The Mirwaiz said they would speak to leaders of the United Jihad Council in Muzaffarabad, who are fighting against the Indian rule in Kashmir.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 17:13 IST

A delegation of moderate Hurriyat leaders led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Saturday left for New Delhi on their way to Pakistan to visit the quake-ravaged parts in Pakistani Kashmir.

"We are going to meet our quake-ravaged brothers in Muzaffarabad and other places in Azad Kashmir. We are also carrying some relief for the sufferers there," the Mirwaiz told reporters at his residence.

"We shall also discuss proposals like self-governance for united Kashmir and demilitarisation to resolve the Kashmir problem, though it is our belief that self-governance cannot be a solution in itself. It could be the beginning of a permanent resolution."

The three-member delegation also includes former Hurriyat chairman Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Gani Lone of the People's Party.

The Hurriyat leaders would leave for Pakistan from Delhi on Monday.

The Mirwaiz said they would also try to speak to leaders of the United Jihad Council, a conglomerate of armed groups based in Muzaffarabad fighting against the Indian rule in Kashmir.

"It is important to talk to these guerrilla commanders so that they are taken into confidence for collective efforts to resolve the problem", he said.

Speaking about their continuing dialogue with Indian leaders, the Mirwaiz said: "We have been assured by the Indian Prime Minister that the Government will hold a case-by-case review of the detained Kashmiris for their release. We are sure that, those detained under Public Safety Act and other acts will be released as a goodwill gesture, before the next round of our talks with the Indian leaders."

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 17:13 IST