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Hurriyat ready for talks with Centre: Mirwaiz
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January 09, 2006 16:37 IST

The Hurriyat Conference on Monday said it was ready for second round of talks with the Centre and expressed hope that New Delhi [Images] would do more to redress human rights problems and custodial killings in Jammu and Kashmir [Images].

"The Hurriyat's stand is that it will never shy away from talks. We are prepared to hold the second round of talks with the Centre," Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the founder chairman of Hurriyat Conference told PTI.

However, the 33-year-old religious leader, who returned from Pakistan after holding talks with President Pervez Musharraf [Images], said the Centre needed to fulfil its commitments of ending custodial killings, showing more respect to human rights and releasing political detenues.

The Hurriyat delegation had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] in September last year, during which they were assured that some measures, including releasing of detenues and installing a strict mechanism to check human right violations would be taken.

The Centre released over 50 political detenues after the talks and have also issued a list of dos and don'ts for security personnel engaged in the counter-insurgency operations in the state for operations in civilian areas.

Senior officials in the Home Ministry said the Hurriyat, by talking about more flexibility from the Centre, were only seeking more time to come to the negotiating table.

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