From KO Archives | Hurriyat Team Headed For Kumbh

SRINAGAR- Two senior leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference will leave for the Kumbh in Uttar Pradesh on Friday for talks with Swami Adhyokshanada Dev Tirathjee, a rival claimant to the seat of Shankarncharya of Puri and various other prominent Hindu religious leaders.

The decision to send two executive members of the Hurriyat to Kumbh was taken after the top leadership of the conglomerate held detailed talks with Pandit N K Sharma, political advisor to former Prime minister P V Narasimha Rao. Sharma will accompany the Hurriyat delegation, which is likely to include Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

In case Geelani is unable to go due to poor health, Abdul Ghani Lone will accompany the Mirwaiz, Sharma said. During their stay, the Hurriyat leaders will brief the Hindu religious leaderhip on the security and political situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Hurriyat leaders recently held talks with former law minister Ram Jethmalani, who is taking an active role in Kashmir affairs these days. "The visit is primarily a goodwill one to explain to them that the Hurriyat wants a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir problem", he said. Jethmalani also had several meetings with the Hurriyat leaders, which was also arranged by Pandit Sharma. Jethmalani met Home Minister Lai Krishna Advani and Swami Adhyokshananda before talking to the Hurriyat leaders.

 -Kashmir Observer, 03 February, 2001

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