Search:



The Web

Rediff








 Latest News on mobile: sms NEWS to 7333

Home > News > PTI


Advani to head talks with Hurriyat

rediff.com Newsdesk | October 22, 2003 13:28 IST
Last Updated: October 22, 2003 18:34 IST


Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani will discuss the Kashmir issue with All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Maulana Abbas Ansari, Home Secretary N Gopalaswami said after a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The home secretary said the date for the meeting would be decided later.

Advani, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha, Finance Minister Jaswant Singh, Planning Commissioner Deputy Chairman K C Pant, National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra and Cabinet Secretary Kamal Pande were present. Being in Ukraine, Defence Minister George Fernandes missed the meeting.

Also Read


India game for cricket with Pakistan

India for Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus

Free treatment for 20 more Pak kids


The decision came nearly six weeks after a split in the Hurriyat, which led firebrand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to form a parallel amalgam.

Nearly a year after the National Democratic Alliance-led government came to power, K C Pant was appointed as the Centre's interlocutor in 2000 for talking to various groups, including the separatists, to resolve the Kashmir issue.

However, barring Shabir Shah, none of the separatist leaders came forward to talk to Pant.

The then amalgam chairman, Abdul Gani Bhat, had said, "Pant was fishing in the desert and building bridges where there re no rivers."

Three years after this initiative, the Centre appointed former home secretary N N Vohra as its interlocutor.

Vohra did not send any invitations but advertised in the newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir asking groups to come forward and hold talks. The Hurriyat rejected this move also.

The amalgam, meanwhile, had entered into parleys with former law minister Ram Jethmalani who had launched a private initiative.

Though the initiative was not given any support by the Centre, the Hurriyat still continues to hold talks with Jethmalani's Kashmir Committee.The Centre's pointman for Kashmir, N N Vohra, had recently met Vajpayee and expressed his "deep dissatisfaction" over the deadlocked peace process.

He had also met Advani and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to indicate his dissatisfaction over the "absence of direction" on the proposed talks with the Hurriyat.


7333: The Latest News on Your Mobile!

More reports from Jammu and Kashmir
Read about: The Road to Peace | Kargil Crisis

© Copyright 2005 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

Share your comments


 What do you think about the story?




Read what others have to say:


Number of User Comments: 3




Sub: Another initiative by govt.

Vajpayee again shows maturity by inviting hurriyat to talk with Advani. they shuld now make full use of this opportunity to get over the kashmir ...


Posted by Vikash Rakhecha





Sub: Shun the Hurriyat

Hurriyat comprises bogus men funded by the ISI.They have no standing and no backing in the Kashmir Valley. It will be a monumental folly for ...


Posted by Colonel SS Rajan





Sub: talks between indian government and hurriyat

it is very good to listen that gov. has decided to talk to hurriyat.let the gov.understand the what the kashmiris want and provide basic neccesities ...


Posted by k.ravikumar




Disclaimer




Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article










Copyright © 2005 rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.