May 2001 News

Shabir invites Hurriyat for talks

20 May 2001
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: In yet another move to seek approval for his response to the Centre's offer, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) chief, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Shah, has invited the All-Party Hurriyat Conference for a discussion to reach a consensus. This development comes even as his emissaries arrived in Delhi to hand over his letter to the Pakistan Chief Executive through the Pakistani High Commissioner. Sources said that Mr. Shah has sent a letter to the Hurriyat chief, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, along with a copy of the letter of the Centre's chief negotiator, Mr. K.C. Pant. He has reportedly sought time for a discussion with the Hurriyat leadership over the contents of Mr. Pant's letter. Prof. Bhat, when contacted by The Hindu, confirmed that he had received the letter, but said that the Hurriyat executive would meet to discuss it and decide accordingly. The Hurriyat chairman did not specify a date for the meeting. Commenting on the contents of Mr. Pant's letter, he said it was just a replica of the Centre's initial statement with a little difference.


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