PM-Hurriyat Likely To Meet On May Four
27 April 2006
New Delhi: Seeking to carry forward the dialogue process with separatists in Jammu and Kashmir after a hiatus, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to meet the leaders of Hurriyat Conference in the first week of May. The Hurriyat leaders have been communicated through back channel contacts about the Prime Minister's willingness to meet the separatists amalgam in the first week of May and it is expected that the talks would be held on May four, official sources said here today. The talks would come ahead of the second roundtable conference convened by the Prime Minister being held in Srinagar on May 25. During the proposed talks, the Prime Minister would seek a road map from Hurriyat Conference on solving the Kashmir issue as the amalgam had promised to come with such a plan. Hurriyat had found itself marginalised after the Centre started holding negotiations with other separtists groups, including rivals of Hurriyat like Sajjad Lone of Peoples' Conference and Yaseen Malik of JKLF. Peeved, the Hurriyat stayed away from the first roundtable conference convened by the Prime Minister in the national capital on February 25. The first round of talks between the Prime Minister and Hurriyat was held on September five last year during which the Centre had assured them of reduction of armed forces in the state if there is a cessation of violence and an end to infiltration and time- bound review of those held under the Public Safety Act and POTA.