May 2004 News

Pak Says, No Backing To Talks With APHC (Ansari

25 May 2004
The Pakistan Tribune

Srinagar: Pakistan has rejected the claim of Hurriyat Conference (Ansari) that the process of dialogue initiated by it with Indian government enjoys the approval of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf . 'It is absolutely baseless that Gen Musharraf supports Hurriyat (Ansari) talks with government of India,' Pakistan's acting high commissioner at New Delhi Munawar Sayeed said in an interview . The claim was made by senior Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat at a seminar here last week. Quoting Sayeed, KNS a local news agency said, unless both the factions of Hurriyat do not unite, the stand of the separatist conglomerate on talks would not be accepted. Pakistan would back that Hurriyat, which enjoys the support of Kashmiris, he said, adding, 'Pakistan's stand on talks is unambiguous.' 'Once both the factions unite, a decision taken by the united Hurriyat would be acceptable to Pakistan. The talks could be successful only with the united Kashmiri leadership', the agency quoted the Pakistani diplomat as saying. Asked if Abbasi group of Hurriyat has the backing of Pakistan for initiating talks with the center, he said, the group has no such backing. 'Nor was that process started with our approval', he said . Sayeed said there is no truth in the claim that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf gave go ahead for such talks. 'It is wrong if somebody is giving such impression. Pakistan has no role in such talks', he said. Referring to Indo-Pak talks, the ambassador said, there was a telephonic conversation between Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and Prime minister Manmohan Singh. 'Both leaders reiterated their pledge to take forward the dialogue process', he said. The two leaders have agreed to hold secretary level talks next month in which a road map would be devised to take the process forward. 'Both leaders agreed to take forward the process including the confidence building measures taken in January, the solution of all outstanding problems including Kashmir', he said. A concrete effort would be made to take the process to its logical conclusion. 'Both countries are eager to live as friendly neighbors. The process started by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would be result oriented', he said. The diplomat said the talks on the nuclear issues, postponed earlier, would start afresh. 'A Pakistani delegation is coming to India in few days in this regard', he said.


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