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Musharraf : India Will Allow Kashmiri Separatist Leaders to Visit Pakistan


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says India will allow leaders of Kashmir's main separatist political alliance to visit Pakistan for talks on the disputed region's future.

Pakistan has invited an alliance of about two dozen Kashmiri separatist groups known as the All Parties Hurriyat Conference to visit on June 2.

India has previously denied permission to Hurriyat leaders to visit Pakistan, saying the Kashmir dispute is India's internal matter.

But in an interview with the Daily Times published Tuesday, General Musharraf speaks of a breakthrough, saying this time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has allowed Hurriyat leaders to travel to Pakistan. He said once they talk to Pakistan and then India, there will be a trilateral arrangement going. There has been no word from New Delhi.

General Musharraf met the Kashmiri separatist leaders last month during his visit to New Delhi.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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