PoK Intellectuals Meet Hurriyat Leaders
1 August 2005
Srinagar: A delegation of intellectuals from Pakistan occupied Kashmir met leaders of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference here and discussed Indo-Pak peace process. The meeting took place yesterday at the amalgam's headquarters in which both sides agreed to continue contact between peoples from both sides of Kashmir for garnering support for a dialogue process that would lead to peaceful resolution of Kashmir, Hurriyat sources said today. The 10-member PoK delegates, led by retired PoK Chief Justice Abdul Majid Malik, registered a strong protest against the Hurriyat leadership for not visiting Gilgit and Baltistan during their recent visit across the Line of Control, they said. The separatist leaders assured the delegation that they would visit the northern areas in future as they could not do it last time due to a tight schedule, the source said. Hurriyat leaders in turn expressed resentment over the recent statement of PoK Prime Minister Sikandar Hayat Khan in which he had said that the moderate faction was not representative of all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said the present visit of the delegation from PoK had created a lot of confusion and given rise to apprehensions as there was no prior information about the intra-Kashmir conference being held here, they added.