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Lone suggests 'real' solution to Kashmir problem

By Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar
January 23, 2006 18:57 IST
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Senior Kashmiri separatist leader and chairman of People's Conference, Sajjad Lone says the real solution of the Kashmir problem would have to be one beyond any stated lines so far.

He however, refused to clarify what such a solution would actually be. Sajjad had called on the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on January 14 following an invitation by the Prime Minister's office.

Talking to newsmen at his uptown Rawalpora residence, Lone also refused to divulge the details of the discussions he had with the central leaders maintaining that such "disclosures could jeopardise the ongoing dialogue process."

"The dialogue process is still on and divulging its details could jeopardize the whole process," he said while replying a question.

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However Sajjad Lone accepted that he had a positive feeling after meeting the Prime Minister.

"I came out with positive feelings after meeting the Prime Minister. We must define the Kashmir problem clearly while attempting to resolve it. I am sure a clear definition would lead to the solution. I tried to gauge the mindset in New Delhi. The results of the peace process must show on the ground," he said.

At today's press conference his party general secretary, Pir Hafeezullah Mukhdoomi and south Kashmir Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir who had accompanied Lone during his meeting with the Prime Minister last week accompanied Sajjad.

Sajjad favoured inclusion of as many local politicians into the dialogue process as possible. "I don't claim to be the sole representative of the people here. I represent a certain political constituency and that is all," he said.

Asked whether he would appeal to the militants to join the dialogue process, he said, "I neither control them nor can advocate anything on their behalf."

When asked whether New Delhi was sincere in resolving the long pending Kashmir dispute, he said, "Time alone will tell whether they are sincere or not."

He said that there had been many stated possible solutions of the Kashmir problem, but the "real solution would have to be one that had not been spelt out so far."

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