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PM seeks dialogue with Hurriyat


Hua Hin (Thailand) : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday he was waiting for the separatist Hurriyat Conference to discuss the Jammu and Kashmir issue with his government in a “constructive dialogue”.

Stating that he planned to visit Jammu and Kashmir soon to inaugurate railway projects, Manmohan Singh said he had “always maintained that it is our sincere desire to engage all sections of public opinion (in the state).

“I recognize there are some groups who are outside the mainstream. We would also like them to engage in a constructive dialogue with us.”

He said the government had held two or three rounds of discussions with the Hurriyat and the group had promised to revert. “I am waiting for them.”

The prime minister is due to open 12-km railway line connecting Anantnag and Qazigund in the Kashmir Valley. The trip was originally scheduled for Oct 18 but it was postponed due to non-availability of Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.