India considering Pakistani proposals: Singh
19 May 2006
The Daily Times
New Delhi: Opposition Leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday said India had not ruled out Pakistan’s proposals of self-rule and demilitarisation in Jammu and Kashmir and was still considering them. Fazl, also the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl chief, headed a five-member parliamentary delegation that met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Jamiat- e-Ulema Hind General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Ahmed Madani on Friday. Fazl said Singh had told the delegation that India had not ignored Pakistan’s proposals and they were “very much still under consideration”. The delegation discussed bilateral relations and the ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue process with the Indian prime minister, he said. “Singh said that India was trying to make the proposals practical and acceptable for all sides,” he added. The JUI-F chief said Singh also hoped that New Delhi and Islamabad developed cordial relations. The composite dialogue is proceeding ahead and India wants to take the process forward to resolve bilateral issues, he added quoting the Indian prime minister.