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Talks only with PM: Hurriyat

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | June 14, 2004 18:14 IST

All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Moulvi Abbas Ansari saysthe Hurriyat will only hold talkswith Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, and no oneelse.

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Speaking to on Monday from his homein Srinagar, Ansari said UnionHome Minister Shivraj Patil is not competent to deal with the Hurriyat or the Kashmir problem.

Hurriyatleaders heldtalks with formerdeputy prime minister LKAdvani earlier this year. Theyalso had an informal encounter withthen prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"If the new government is serious about resolving the Kashmir problem, then Prime Minister Dr Singh shouldhimself hold talks with us. Because when the previous government was there, we were talking to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani. It is not just a question of holding talks with someone. We want to hold talks at a particular level. Advani was talking to us not in his capacity ashome minister of India, but as deputy prime minister in the Vajpayee government," Ansari told

Asked if they had been taken into confidence by Patil before the home minister declaredhewould deal with the Hurriyat, Ansari saidthere was no communication from the home ministry.

"We came to know about the talks only through the media. We willmeet nextMonday to decide whether or not to hold talks with the new government. The talks between the Hurriyat andgovernmentreceived a setback with the defeat of the Vajpayee government," he said.

Ansari welcomed Patil's statement that he would talkto a cross-section of Kashmiri groups, saying, "He can talk to as many organisations as he wants to."

"We knowN N Vohra, the government interlocutor, is coming to Kashmir, but we do not know whohe is meeting. He isnot talking to the Hurriyat leadership," added Ansari.

Former Hurriyatchairman Professor Abdul Gani Bhat supported Ansari's stand on talking only to the prime minister.

"If the talks are held at the same level as they were being held before," Bhat said, "only thencanwe achieve something."

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With these egos and paranoia about talking to designations rather than people... forget any hopes of any solution to Kashmir.

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