Welcoming the proposed foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan next month, moderate Hurriyat Conference Friday said it was ready to extend its support to any initiative aimed at peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.
Separatists groups, including all the three factions of Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday called for a general strike on Friday to protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendera Modi to Jammu and Kashmir.
Authorities on Friday imposed curfew- like restrictions in parts of the old city here to thwart a proposed march by the moderate Hurriyat Conference even as they placed its chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, under house arrest.
Moderate Hurriyat group`s chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was on Tuesday placed under house arrest while authorities have decided to impose restrictions in old city areas of Srinagar to thwart a march he has called for Wednesday, an official said.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Saturday blasted his hardline counterpart for accusing him of having a secret meeting with emissaries of Narendra Modi, saying Syed Ali Shah Geelani was making irresponsible statements aimed at creating confusion among people.
After the Hurriyat`s 2002 split into the "hardliners" and "moderates" factions led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq respectively, the section led by the Mirwaiz Monday appeared headed for another split.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq ruled out taking part in electoral politics of J&K but maintained that the separatist leaders cannot turn a blind eye to day-to-day problems of the people in the state.
The moderate Hurriyat group`s executive committee headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq met here Monday to discuss whether or not the separatist conglomerate should engage in Track II diplomacy with New Delhi.
Disapproving of Pakistan Prime Minister`s Foreign Affairs Advisor`s meeting with Hurriyat leaders, India said for meaningful dialogue and for sustainable peace it is necessary that its "sentiments and sensitivities" are respected.
The authorities placed senior leaders of the moderate Hurriyat group, including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, under house arrest on Friday to foil their bid to march to curfew-bound south Kashmir`s Shopian town.