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Pakistani PM Meets Separatists from Indian Kashmir

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Moderate separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Islamabad Sunday to discuss the disputed Himalayan region. Mr. Aziz assured the separatist politicians from the All Party Hurriyat Conference ,an umbrella organization of different Kashmiri separatist groups, that Pakistan wants Kashmiris involved in talks to settle the long-standing dispute. The group leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said after the talks Mr. Aziz supported the Kashmiri people's "just struggle for the right to self-determination". The delegation is expected to hold talks later this week with President Pervez Musharraf, who hailed their historic visit as a great leap forward. India and Pakistan have been at odds for nearly six decades over Kashmir. Kashmiri militants have been fighting India since 1989 for independence or a merger with Pakistan.
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