Core group set up for talks with Hurriyat
9 December 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
NEW DELHI: The government has constituted a ''core group'' to hold formal or informal talks with the Hurriyat leadership either individually or collectively after some confusing signals from the amalgam over the issue of dialogue.Read this story in... HindiOfficial sources said some of the Hurriyat leaders had contacted the government intermediaries for reviving the ''informal talks'', which were left unfinished after the appointment of K C Pant as the Centre''s interlocutor on Kashmir.The sources said the core group was headed only by Pant with members comprising senior intelligence officials and an officer in the Prime Minister''s Office.The core group recently held a meeting in which it was decided to be in touch with Hurriyat leaders, who were willing to hold talks.However, the Hurriyat leaders were unwilling to go on record and declined to confirm any such move.Confusion has been reigning supreme in the 23-party conglomerate and even senior Hurriyat Executive member Abdul Gani Lone has gone on record that informal talks between the Centre and amalgam leadership had been undertaken but aborted after Pant''s nomination. The sources said some of the Hurriyat leaders were feeling threatened as the hardliners within the amalgam were maligning their image within the valley.