No Hurriyat-Musharraf meet, India tells Pak
27 June 2001
The Hindustan Times
Islamabad: India has officially informed Pakistan that it is not willing to permit Hurriyat Conference leaders to meet President Pervez Musharraf during his coming visit to India. The Indian reservations on the Hurriyat leaders" efforts to politically resurrect themselves by meeting Musharraf at New Delhi has been conveyed at the highest level in Islamabad during mutual consultations between the officials of the two countries to prepare ground work for the forthcoming summit, sources said. India’s stand assumes significance in light of Musharraf’s assertion on Tuesday that he would try to meet Hurriyat leaders during his stay in India. However, Musharraf had said that though he would try his best to meet the Hurriyat leaders, it was not his endeavour to go for a confrontation with Indian leadership on this issue. Meanwhile, 20 political leaders who attended a meeting convened by Musharraf on Wednesday extended full support to him for his summit talks with India’s Prime Minister. The meeting was boycotted by the mainstream 19-party Alliance for Restoration of Democracy, which included PPP and PML (Nawaz) of former premiers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif respectively. Those who took part in the five-hour meeting assured Musharraf of their 'support in his endeavours to solve the Kashmir issue and prayed for his success," the state-run news agency said.