SRINAGAR, April 2: Occupied Kashmir’s main political alliance on Wednesday called for talks with India and Pakistan as eight more people were killed and 18 others injured in unabated violence.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference said it wanted trilateral talks, involving India, Pakistan and Kashmiris to end the long-running row over the disputed region.

“Hurriyat wants concrete, meaningful and result-oriented talks involving all the parties to resolve the issue of Kashmir,” said a one-page statement released by the APHC in Srinagar.

The grouping criticized New Delhi for adopting a “hard-line attitude.”

“Hard-line attitude will not lead us anywhere,” the APHC statement said, urging talks “for restoration of peace in the sub-continent.”

The alliance also criticized the new Kashmir government for “not releasing the detainees languishing in jails for years.”

“Even the court orders are being ignored,” it said.

Meanwhile, Indian army and local police shot dead four Mujahideen in two separate encounters during cordon-and-search operations in southern districts of Poonch and Rajouri on Wednesday, police said.

A Muslim woman was killed and two Indian army soldiers injured during a gun battle between Indian army personnel and Kashmiri fighters in Berwah township of central Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.

Two Kashmiri freedom fighters and a civilian died elsewhere in Kashmir, police said, without giving details.—AFP

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