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Hurriyat backs Musharraf's Kashmir formula

K J M Varma in Islamabad | June 15, 2005 19:51 IST

Backing Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's 'autonomous Kashmir' formula, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said attempts should now be made to build a consensus around it.

Musharraf, currently on a visit to Australia, was quoted by the local media as saying in Canberra that an 'autonomous
Kashmir' is his 'earnest desire'. He also said that complete independence for Kashmir will not be acceptable to both India and Pakistan.

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"President Musharraf has his own point of view. If there is a consensus decision, we will go ahead with it. What is the problem with it. The suffering of Kashmiri people must end. Lot of blood was shed.

"Violence should take a back seat now. Let us give this peace process a chance," Bilal Lone, a senior Hurriyat
leader, told the Indian media in Islamabad.

Lone, who heads the Peoples Conference Party, a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference, said several proposals, including that of an autonomous Kashmir, were discussed during their meeting with Musharraf.

The separatist leaders will wind up their fortnight-long visit to Pakistan on Thursday.

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"Anything that satisfies maximum political thoughts in Kashmir, we should not say no to it. We should just go behind it. Musharraf being the president and chief of the army is in a commanding position. If we cannot solve it [the Kashmir dispute] now, it would be a tragedy for people of Kashmir and India," Lone said.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yaseen Malik, an advocate of independence, however, declined to react
to Musharraf's comments. "Let us leave it aside. We had an excellent visit to Pakistan," he said.

Malik, who held talks with Musharraf separately, claimed that the response he received during the visit to Pakistan was
a 'mandate' for the involvement of Kashmiris in the peace process.

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If Prez.Musharraf wants to support autonomy for Kashmir let him give it to POK. He should refer to POK only. India knows what to do ...

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I Think Hurriyat has gone gone very far to settel the matter. He shold be punished and removed as the Kasmiri leader. Mush is like ...

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President Mush has got some brilliant (they appeal only to Hurriyat & Prez himself) ideas for Kashmir but I'm wondering why can't he come up ...

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Whatever one may quibble with words, autonomous kashmir, independent kashmir, unified kashmir, et al. It is a well settled fact that neither Pakistan nor India ...

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The headline on the homepage says Hurryiat BANS...... and in the actual page its Hurriyat BACKS.....

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