Moderate Kashmiri separatist leaders from India have met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad, to discuss ways of resolving the decades-old Kashmir dispute.
Later, the politicians from the All Party Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organization of different Kashmiri separatist groups, said they received assurances from the Pakistani leadership that Islamabad wants Kashmiris involved in the peace process.
So far, India has refused to involve Kashmiri leaders in any talks with Pakistan.
Today's (Tuesday) talks came two days after the separatist leaders met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who expressed support for what he called the Kashmiri people's "just struggle for the right to self-determination."
India and Pakistan have been at odds for nearly six decades over Kashmir and have fought two wars over it. Kashmiri militants have been fighting India since 1989 for independence or a merger with Pakistan.