PM to hold talks with JKLF chief Malik on Friday
Malik has said that he is in favour of initiation of a Nagaland-type dialogue with the Kashmiris.india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 22:06 IST
Broadening the dialogue process in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is due to hold talks with JKLF Chief Yaseen Malik and General Secretary Ghulam Rasool Dar on Friday.
Malik is the second leader after Sajjad Lone to have been invited by the Prime Minister for talks on the Kashmir issue. Lone had held talks with Manmohan last month.
The Centre has made it clear that it would hold talks with a cross-section of separatist leaders from the state. The Prime Minister had kicked off the exercise by holding talks with a delegation of Hurriyat Conference on September 5 last year.
A meeting of the advisory council and working committee, the highest decision making bodies of JKLF, had on Wednesday nominated Malik and Ghulam Rasool Dar for consultations with the Prime Minister.
Both the leaders arrived in the capital late Wednesday night.
The Centre is also likely to call other separatist leaders outside Hurriyat, including Shabir Shah. JKDLF leader Hashim Qureshi could also be invited.
Malik has said he was in favour of initiation of a Nagaland-type dialogue with Kashmiris.