Indicating some headway in roping in the 23-party conglomerate Hurriyat Conference in the forthcoming elections, the Centre's interlocutor K C Pant on Monday said it was high time the amalgam leadership proved their representative character.
"Some steps have been made in forward direction. These people (Hurriyat leaders) never talked about polls but now the thinking has changed," Pant told reporters after meeting former Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Wajahat Habibullah, who had reportedly held informal consultations with Hurriyat leaders.
Asked about the announcement of forming of a separate election commission by the Hurriyat Conference, Pant said, "It is not a child's play to form such a body. Four heads put together cannot make a such a supreme body in democracy."
The Centre's interloctutor went on to say that since the Hurriyat Conference was an amalgam of 23 parties there could be differences between some of the groups.
"Some leaders might like to come forward and participate in the elections," Pant said.
Asked whether there was any contact with Hurriyat leaders, Pant said there have been "no official" talks with them. However, he skirted the question when asked whether any informal talks were being held with them.
Pant said people in Jammu and Kashmir had understood that Pakistan was harping on Kashmir issue for its own interest and not for the interest of the people of the valley.
However, Pant said some parties within the Hurriyat Conference were not ready to face the ballot as they had fear of losing.