Hurriyat Chief Offers To Split Party For Kashmir Peace Talks
17 August 2000
The Asian Age
New Delhi: The All-Party Hurriyat Conference chairman, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, on Thursday offered to split the party to break the deadlock in the Kashmir talks. In an interview with tehelka.com, Prof. Bhat said one faction of the Hurriyat Conference would talk to the government mediators while the other faction would hold talks with Pakistan. This way, India could safely involve itself in peace negotiations without Pakistan coming into the picture, the Hurriyat chief said. Prof. Bhat claimed that if the offer for mediation was accepted, the Kashmir dispute would be ''resolved in the next two years.'' The Hurriyat offer meant to scuttle tripartite talks has become a sticking point between militants and the government.