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Hurriyat will consider bus ride offer

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 16, 2005 16:27 IST

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference will meet sometime next week to decide on an offer made by Jammu and Kashmir  Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to let APHC leaders travel on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus, scheduled to start April 7.

The bus service is likely to be flagged off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Also see: Work on bus route on schedule -- Sayeed

"We have taken note of the offer made by the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and the Hurriyat Conference would meet soon to take a stand on the issue," former APHC chairman Abdul Gani Bhat told on phone from his residence in Srinagar.

He said the Hurriyat leaders will meet once APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq returns from his visit to the United States.

When Bhat was asked if the bus service will help in normalisation of relationships between India and Pakistan, he said: "Whatever we had to say, has already been said." 

Sources, however, said the Hurriyat leaders may refuse to travel on the bus as their demand for a role in the India-Pakistan peace talks has not been met.

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