Hurriyat not averse to talks with Centre, but first Pak trip
21 March 2001
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Hurriyat Conference today said it would hold talks with the Centre on Kashmir issue only after having deliberations with militant outfits and the military regime in Pakistan. "The Centre should allow the Hurriyat delegation to undertake a visit to Pakistan and when we get back, we will hold talks with the government too," Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said here. He said it was necessary for the Government to facilitate the visit of its delegation to Pakistan. Stating that though the Hurriyat Conference had demonstrated positive approach towards the Kashmir problem, Bhat said "the situation remains unchanged and many things seem to have run into problem." "I still believe that peace process could move forward as there is no escape either for Pakistan or for India or for that matter the Hurriyat Conference from entering into a dialogue," an optimistic Bhat said. He cautioned that that some vested interests were indulging in delaying tactics on one pretext or the other and creating hurdles in the way of finding a solution to the vexed issue. "I hope and trust that we will be able to find a way out in the days to come to solve the issue," the Hurriyat chairman said.