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Indian PM Invites Kashmiri Separatist Leader for Talks

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited Kashmir's pro-independence leader, Yasin Malik, for talks on ending the decades-old dispute over the Himalayan territory.

An adviser to Mr. Singh, Sanjaya Baru, told reporters the talks are scheduled to be held in New Delhi on February 17.

Malik is the chief of the Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front.

He told a Pakistani TV channel, Geo TV, that he has convened a meeting of the working committee of his group on February 15th to decide on how to respond to the invitation.

The front is one of the several Kashmiri separatist groups that are demanding independence for Kashmir. Other groups are demanding a merger with Pakistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.