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Hurriyat to decide on round table next week

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
May 05, 2006 14:15 IST
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Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the All Party Hurriyat Conference, said a decision about taking part in the round table conference to be held in Srinagar between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and other political parties would be taken next week.

Speaking to before leaving New Delhi for Srinagar, Mirwaiz said that he would convene a meeting of the Hurriyat Conference sometime next week to discuss issues related to Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have had a very cordial and successful meeting with Dr Singh and would deliberate on the outcome in our meeting next week. If we receive an invitation from the government of India to participate in the round table conference in Srinagar, then we would discuss that as well among ourselves," he said.

In his previous interactions with the media, Mirwaiz has maintained that Hurriyat could not be part of the crowd.

When asked whether the Hurriyat would now set up a mechanism, and discuss the same with Home Minister Shivraj Patil, as how to move forward, Mirwaiz said that it is going to take time.

Talking about the tours of Hurriyat leaders to Jammu and Leh in past few months, Mirwaiz said that APHC realised that they would have to carry everyone along with them. "We are talking of interrogating people living in other regions with us. So far we had been concentrating only on Kashmir," he said.

He promised to raise the issue of flesh trade during his speech at the Jama Masjid in Srinagar on Friday.

"I will addresss this issue today (Friday) in my speech because it is destroying the fabric of our society and those involved in these sordid deeds should be punished no matter who they are. We want to expose those politicians and police officials who are protecting such acts," he said.

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