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Bhat insists on Pak role in dialogue

Srinagar: Kashmir's main separatist alliance on Thursday called for a peaceful solution to the long-standing Kashmir issue, a day after the federal government offered unconditional talks for the first time ever in a bid to end years of conflict in the Himalayan kingdom. Emerging out of an hour-long meeting, Abdul Gani Bhat, senior leader of All Party Hurriyat Conference, said talks will be held with both India and Pakistan for the solution. "This is the constitutional position of the APHC that we will be talking for the solution of the Kashmir problem with India, with Pakistan, anytime, anywhere. As soon as the discussions are complete, the outline will be tersely drafted and taken up with the two governments of India and Pakistan. The idea is Kashmir, the initiative is Kashmiri and Kashmiri will be doing it," Bhat told reporters in Srinagar.

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