December 2000 News

Govt could consider Hurriyat''s Pak visit, if requested: PM

7 December 2000
The Pioneer

New Delhi: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said on Thursday that government could consider Hurriyat leaders'' visit to Pakistan if a request was made by them. ''There has been no request from the Hurriyat for visiting Pakistan and if it comes, we could consider it,'' he told reporters at an iftar hosted by Minister of State for HRD, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain here. Pakistan has proposed that Hurriyat Conference should hold talks with Islamabad and New Delhi separately to pave the way for three-way talks. India has rejected Pakistan''s request for tripartite talks. Asked about the possibility of talks with Kashmiri militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said ''We want to talk to our own people''.


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