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Efforts to unite Hurriyat would restart: Shah

By our Staff Reporter

SRINAGAR, NOV. 26. Efforts to re-unify all separatists' organisations under a common umbrella would restart in the larger interest of the people of Kashmir, the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabir Shah, said here today.

Talking to The Hindu on his arrival here after meeting the Pakistan Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, Mr. Shah said: "There is no doubt that the efforts to unify the separatist groups have failed. But Inshallah [God willing] we are not disappointed and now I, along with the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Yasin Malik, would make last-ditch efforts to bring all the groups together, which is vital for the people of Kashmir. We are meeting with the Kashmir bar association to draw up our agenda so that unity moves get an impetus." On being asked which side he would take in case the unity efforts failed, Mr. Shah said: "We would go to the people of Kashmir and clarify our stand. We would side with those people who are for unity." Mr. Shah warned that if the efforts failed, he would expose those who were responsible. On his discussions with the Pakistan Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, Mr. Shah said: "We had a fruitful discussion with the Pakistan Prime Minister and he [Mr. Aziz] reiterated his position that a united separatist movement can bring a solution to the problems."

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