At the end of a two-and-a-half hour meeting, Hurriyat’s Abdul Ghani Bhat said both sides had agreed to end all forms of violence and follow a "step by step" approach to resolve the Kashmir issue. "We had an amicable, free, frank, fair and fruitful discussion and it has been agreed upon that the work for the release of political prisoners will be expedited," Bhat said. Hurriyat chairman Moulvi Abbas Ansari said they were satisfied with the talks and it was a ‘significant step’. Quite so, because it implies a tacit recognition of the Hurriyat’s political importance. Advani himself said "it was a good beginning".
What added to the good atmospherics this Thursday night was the Hurriyat team’s scheduled meeting with the PM. Earlier in the day, Advani first met the coordination group and was briefed by Union cabinet secretary Kamal Pande, Union home secretary N. Gopalaswami and other members of the group.