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August 19, 2000
Hurriyat executive fails to take decision on chief's proposal
The executive committee of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference met in Srinagar on Saturday but failed to take any decision on the proposal of its chairman, Abdul Ghani Bhat, to constitute two groups for holding talks separately with India and Pakistan, due to lack of quorum.
Discussions on important issues on the agenda could not be held, a statement issued after the meeting held under the chairmanship of Bhat said. Earlier in the day, Bhat said that he had mooted the proposal in his personal capacity and it would be discussed by the executive.
The statement said the executive reiterated its stand that solution to the Kashmir issue could be found only through tripartite talks involving India, Pakistan and representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Syed Shah Nawaz Hussain said in Jammu that the Centre would consider the Hurriyat chief's proposal. However, talks with the APHC would be held within the ambit of humaneness, he added.
Stating that minorities were safe in India, he said Kashmir could not be separated just because it was a Muslim majority state. There were more Muslims in India than in Pakistan, hepointed out.
He said there would be no compromise on Kashmir and added attempts were being made, at the international level, to destabilise the country and disturb the communal harmony, particularly in J&K.
In another development, the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen said it could resume a ceasefire if India recognises Kashmir as a disputed territory and agrees to Pakistan's inclusion in talks.
"We can again halt our operations against the Indian troops in Kashmir. But for this, India must accept Kashmir as a disputed territory and agree to inclusion of Pakistan in talks," said the Hizb's supreme leader Syed Salahuddin in Muzaffarabad (Pakistan occupied Kashmir).
He also demanded that world powers guarantee that New Delhi would demonstrate sincerity in holding talks to resolve the issue.
The Hizbul had declared a truce on July 24 but cancelled it after two weeks when India refused to include Pakistan in negotiations on Kashmir.
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