PM-Hurriyat Talks Likely In Mid-Oct
21 September 2005
The Times of India
New Delhi: Talks between PM Manmohan Singh and Hurriyat Conference are expected to resume in the second week of October. This, despite initial perceptions last week that the Indo-Pak talks in New York had not gone off well and had dampened the peace process. The outcome of this second round may pave the way for separatist leaders outside the Hurriyat - among them Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah and Sajjad Lone - being formally invited by government. 'We are trying to convince these leaders to join in. And we are telling government that the situation in J&K requires that all other groups are formally invited,' Ashok Bhan, a lawyer and Kashmiri Pandit leader, told TOI. The PM met another key interlocutor, former Union minister Saif-ud- din Soz, for nearly an hour Tuesday night to assess the outcome of the first round and work out the details for the next one.