Abdul Basit meets Hurriyat leader Geelani in Delhi

Published: February 9, 2016
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Syed Ali Gilani. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Syed Ali Gilani. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit met on Tuesday Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Delhi.

According to NDTVBasit inquired about the Hurriyat leader’s health and discussed views on the disputed part of his homeland.

He “assured him that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their legitimate right of self-determination,” said a statement from the high commission.

Pathankot attack: India says patience running thin over ‘Pakistan inaction’

The huddle, it is feared, will aggravate the tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pathankot attack.

India had earlier called off foreign secretary-level bilateral talks with Pakistan, which were scheduled to be held in August 2014, after a meeting between Basit and Hurriyat leaders from Kashmir.

A spokesperson for external affairs ministry had announced the talks were being called off due to Pakistan’s “unacceptable, interference” in India’s internal affairs.

Pakistan Army helped revive talks with India

In response, the Foreign Office said Pakistan would continue its longstanding practice of meeting with Kashmiri leadership despite objections raised by the Indian government.

“As you well know, meetings between the Hurriyat leadership and the High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi are a longstanding practice and will continue,” Riffat Masood, the acting spokesperson of the Foreign Office had said.

Things started settling between the arch-rivals after Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan in December 2015. However, the Pathankot air base attack in India once again created tensions and talks were stalled.

However, both sides have said they remain committed to the developing dialogues at the foreign secretary level.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Islamic Thekedar
    Feb 9, 2016 - 10:44PM

    It means, there are no talks between India and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Feb 9, 2016 - 11:38PM

    Indian doctors keep him alive to needle Pakistan and $40 billion arms import business alive. This arms business will soon be $100 billion annually projected in next 15 years. People like him are needed to justify defense budget both in India and Pakistan. Lot of security related jobs like
    NIA, IGs, SPs, defense producion, research because of him.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Feb 10, 2016 - 2:29AM

    Indians let him meet Basit. If Indians wanted they could have stopped him as they did last time. For sure now, Indians do not want any talks. Pakistan’s embassy is on position to stop him to come to embassy if shows up in Delhi. Any time Indian do not want talks then just let him loose.Recommend

  • ironslave
    Feb 10, 2016 - 5:12AM

    Indian embassy should welcome baluch brothers.Recommend

  • Navin
    Feb 10, 2016 - 8:03AM

    What they talk all the time….so is kashmir resolved now by their talks…..seems pak forgets the advices hence meets to refreshRecommend

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