New Delhi - Indian-held Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday urged Hurriyat leaders to join the all-party delegation meet which is scheduled to take place Sunday and Monday. In the two-page letter, Mehbooba Mufti asked APHC groups to participate in the delegation meet and engage with parliamentarians visiting the Valley today (Sunday), reported Indian media.

In a letter to the Hurriyat groups, Mufti sought their cooperation in the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. “Political leadership of the country has reached out to us and it is for us to lend it credence and credibility. All of us voice the urges and aspirations of people and we need to seek a resolution as we see them from our own perspective," the chief minister said in the letter. "Notwithstanding the fact that you and I have different and divergent political ideologies, I have no doubt that all of us have the best interest of the people of J&K in mind," Mufti said.

"This will start of a credible dialogue process," she added. "My party has always believed that Hurriyat is a stakeholder in peace resolution and prosperity of the state. Important that you share your thoughts and beliefs," the letter read.

The letter ends with Mehbooba Mufti urging the APHC leaders to "indicate a time and place of their convenience" to meet the delegation.

This came after the Hurriyat Conference refused to meet the visiting parliamentarians and urged other stakeholders to not participate in the same.

In a statement issued yesterday, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani said, "Parliamentary delegation is coming to Kashmir after passing a resolution that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Therefore, this delegation neither has the mandate nor the intention to resolve the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir." He also advised parliamentarians to hold a special session in the parliament and accept the 'disputed' nature of Jammu and Kashmir.

At a meeting in Delhi, several leaders pitched for a dialogue with "all stakeholders", including the Hurriyat, during the 30-member all-party team's visit to the state starting Sunday.

Indian minister Ram Vilas Paswan of BJP ally Lok Jan Shakti Party and opposition leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja of the Left and Asaduddin Owaisi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen spoke in favour of inviting the Hurriyat for talks.

When told that the Hurriyat had already taken a position of no dialogue in the present circumstances, they argued that the political establishment must take a lead and extend a hand. "If they say no after we send letters of invite, so be it, then the onus is on them. But let us at least send the letters," Mr Yechury and Mr Owaisi are reported to have told Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the meeting. Mr Paswan, who was a member of the all-party delegation that visited Held Kashmir during the unrest of 2010, recalled how he had met with separatists in the Valley then and said, "Those meetings had a healing touch, we should try them again."

In a Facebook post, Mehbooba Mufti has said, "Right now Kashmir is again embroiled in a burning situation and we have hope that all sides will pick up elements of sanity and pragmatism and strike a new benchmark towards the resolution of the problem in light of the global and sub-continental realities."

She said both the Hurriyat and the Centre will have to take a step forward.