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By Shujaat Bukhari
SRINAGAR, NOV. 7. The Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil's statement that the Centre was not averse to the Hurriyat Conference leaders' visit to Pakistan has been welcomed by the moderate faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
"This is a welcome development, and it will further push the peace process initiated for resolving the Kashmir issue," he said. The demand was aimed at strengthening the peace process. "Since we have held two rounds of talks with New Delhi we want to know the perspective of Islamabad and also the militant and separatist leaders in Muzaffarabad [PoK capital] before we go ahead with the third round," he said.
The Mirwaiz said he was not going to meet Mr. Patil who is on a visit to the State. The demand was made two years ago when the Hurriyat was united and the separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani, was part of it.
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