PM for all-inclusive J&K peace process
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PM for all-inclusive J&K peace process

Manmohan Singh told JKLF chief Yasin Malik that the Govt has an "open mind" on involving all shades of opinion.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 22:01 IST

Consolidating the peace process further in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday asserted that the Government has an "open mind" on involving all shades of opinion, including groups outside the electoral process, in the dialogue.

The Prime Minister, during the more than an hour-long meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik on Friday evening, said the government will make all out efforts to include a large cross section of opinion in the process.

"We seek a genuine and permanent reconciliation in the state and will involve all men and women with good will... we have an open mind to talk to all the people. This is an opportunity to restore lasting peace in the state," he said.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Malik said he had stressed upon the inclusion of the militant leadership besides the "true representatives" of the people in the ongoing peace process to make it result-oriented.

Malik said he presented a "very clear picture" of the prevailing situation in the state to Dr Singh.

"We had a transparent agenda... Involvement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the dialogue process," said Malik, who was accompanied by JKLF General Secretary Ghulam Rasool Dar at the parleys, which commenced at around 1800 hrs.

Dr Singh was assisted by a high-level official team, including Home Minister Shivraj Patil, National Security Adviser MK Narayanan, Centre's interlocutor on Kashmir NN Vohra and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister TKA Nair, at the meeting, held at the Prime Minister's 7 Race Course residence.

Malik presented to Dr Singh a copy of 15 lakh signatures taken from the people in about 5000 villages of Jammu and Kashmir over the past three years.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 19:37 IST