A top leader of the principal Muslim militant group in Indian Kashmir says it might seriously consider any ceasefire offer by New Delhi, but only if the offer is followed by action on the ground.
Gazi Misbahuddin, a top leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen, made the statement in an interview with a Kashmiri news agency. Hizbul Mujahideen militants have been fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989.
India has not made a ceasefire offer since this month's summit between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. But the two countries, which have fought two wars over Kashmir in the past, pledged to strengthen the peace process they launched in 2003, calling it irreversible.