J&K Leaders goad Hurriyat for talks
18 May 2000
Times of India
New Delhi: Numerous groups and individuals belonging to Kashmir have appealed to the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) to hold talks with the government and find a way to restore peace in the valley. Secretary general of Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) Nazir Gilani has asked the Hurriyat leaders to accept the Centre''s offer of talks for a better tomorrow for Kashmir, a release from JKCHR said. Nazir has been very critical of India''s Kashmir policy until recently. He said the Kashmiri leaders and the principal elements of opinion in Kashmir accept the offer of dialogue as a challenge and move forward from the rhetoric to a realistic understanding. Gilani said the Hurriyat leadership should understand overriding desire for peace in the Valley. Former union home minister and president of Jammu and Kashmir People''s Democratic Party (JKPDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayed has termed the offer of dialogue by the Centre as ''a serious move and not a step to befool the world.'' Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Quami Mushawarati Council (JKQMC), an amalgam of 10 organisations, Azam Inquilabi, also has welcomed the offer and said they should go for the talks with an open mind and ensure lasting peace.