December 2000 News

APHC team to visit Pak. on Jan. 15

21 December 2000
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

JAMMU: The All-Party Hurriyat Conference has decided to send a delegation of leaders to Pakistan on January 15 to continue the peace process set in motion by the Government''s extension of the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan''s response to it. The party described both initiatives as ''bold and appreciable''. The APHC executive, which met at Mirwaiz House, residence of the former chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, discussed the two developments. Chaired by the APHC chairman, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, the meeting was attended by Syed Ali Shah Geelani (Jamat-e- Islami), Mr. Abdul Gani Lone (People''s Conference), Moulvi Abbas Ansari (Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen), Mohammad Yaseen Malik (JKLF), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq (Awami Action Committee) and Sheikh Abdul Aziz (People''s League). Briefing mediapersons later, Mr. Yaseen Malik said the extension of the ceasefire and Pakistan''s withdrawal of troops along a section of the LoCwere ''bold steps''. In a bid to take the peace process forward, the APHC had decided to send a delegation to Pakistan, which would interact with different sections of society as also the militant leaders, to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue.


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