Hurriyat delegation due in Pakistan on June 21

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Islamabad, Jun 17: A three-member delegation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), headed by its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, will arrive in Pakistan on June 21 on a five-day visit for consultations with the country's top leadership.

Senior Kashmiri leaders Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat of the Muslim Conference and Bilal Lone of People's Conference will be part of the delegation that will be visiting the country at the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The APHC leaders will arrive in Lahore on June 21 and reach Islamabad on June 23, Foreign Office told local daily The News.

During their two-day stay in the capital, they will hold talks with the foreign minister at the Foreign Office on June 24 and call on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Pervez Musharraf.

Meetings with the ruling Pakistan People's Party leadership including the party's Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and head of other parties in the ruling coalition are also being planned.

Their visit assumes special significance, as it will take place just ahead of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's first official trip to New Delhi where he will hold talks with the top Indian leadership with the Kashmir issue high on the agenda.

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