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November 23, 2004 21:47 IST

Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Tuesday met All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders in New Delhi.

Aziz, in New Delhi on a two-day visit, held discussions with acting Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Later, Aziz hosted a dinner for all of them at Pakistan House.

The meeting came amid reports that the Pakistani establishment had told the rival Hurriyat factions to unite.

Ahead of the meeting, Pakistan high commission officials held discussions with some Hurriyat leaders during which Islamabad's viewpoint was said to have been conveyed.

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