J&K Welcomes Common Minimum Programme
27 May 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Separatist groups have welcomed inclusion of the Kashmir problem in the Common Minimum Programme of the new Congress-led government at Delhi, though the Hurriyat grouping headed by Ali Shah Geelani just reiterated its demand for tripartite talks, with Pakistan a party. The Mufti Sayeed government has taken the credit for the item's inclusion in the CMP. Ghulam Hassan Mir, tourism minister, told TNN, it was particularly his PDP whose efforts were responsible. Abbas Ansari, head of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat, said: 'The UPA needs to take bolder initiatives, like the one taken by Nehru. Nehru had (in 1964) deputed Sheikh Abdullah to go to Pakistan and discuss the Kashmir problem with then president Ayub Khan.'