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Indian Kashmir's Separatist Leaders Agree to Visit Pakistan


Leaders of Indian Kashmir's main separatist political alliance have accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan for talks on the disputed region's future.

The chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference told reporters in Srinagar Wednesday that his group plans to travel to Pakistani Kashmir on the next cross-border bus service June 2.

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

But Pakistani President Musharraf says this time Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given permission. In an interview with a Pakistani newspaper (Daily Times) published Tuesday, General Musharraf said once Hurriyat leaders talk to Pakistan and then India, there will be a trilateral arrangement. 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 AFP and Reuters.

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