Hurriyat moderates welcome PM`s statement on Indo-Pak talks

Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s statement that India will enter into talks with Pakistan.

Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 19:55 PM IST

Srinagar: Moderate faction of Hurriyat
Conference on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
statement that India will enter into talks with Pakistan with
an open mind but said any condition on a dialogue with people
of Jammu and Kashmir was "unnecessary".

"It is a healthy development when a Prime Minister of
any country talks about resolving issues through dialogue.
However, the dialogue looses its essence if there are any
preconditions," acting Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Gani
Bhat said to a news agency.

Bhat was referring to the Prime Minister`s statement
in Jammu in which Singh said, "There is no way forward but a
sustained dialogue and resolution of all problems under a
constitutional framework that I believe has the flexibility to
accommodate honourable and durable solutions for all."

He said the dialogue should be held with an open mind
and between all the concerned parties. "When the dialogue
begins, anything can come up ... there should be no
preconcieved notions about a solution," Bhat said.

The senior Hurriyat leader said the Prime Minister`s
assertion about dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding
issues was a healthy political development.

"We consider it as a healthy political development
especially with reference to turmoil in Jammu and kashmir and
the Indo-Pakistan relations," he added.

Pro-independence JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik
was not available for comment as he was in Jammu in with the
hearing of a case in a TADA court.

PTI