Foreign Minister to meet Indian Kashmiri leadership

The meeting is being seen as a move to take the Kashmiri leadership onboard regarding the Indo-Pak talks.


Express July 24, 2011

According to Kashmir Media Service on Sunday, State Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is scheduled to meet leaders of occupied Kashmir, during her visit to India.

The Pakistani High Commissioner to India has invited prominent leaders of occupied Kashmir to New Delhi during the Pakistan Delegation's visit.

APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani and pro-liberation leaders will meet Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar too.

Amongst other prominent Kashmiri leaders, Abdul Ghani Butt, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Bilal Ghani Lone, Agha Syed Hassan, Mukhtar Waza and Ayaz Akbar will also meet the Pakistani Foreign Minister.

The meeting with Kashmiri leaders, a day earlier, is being seen as a move to take the Kashmiri leadership onboard regarding the talks and the likely confidence building measures involving the LoC.

Rabbani is scheduled to hold talks with her Indian counterpart S. M. Krishna on July 27.

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Hedgefunder | 9 years ago | Reply

@R S JOHAR: Well I agree with you, however i think that India is really dealing with the Puppets here! rather than than the Puppeteers in Pindi, as they really are the decision makers in regards to their policies. On the note of India's Stature, well its not likely to be questioned, however i am disappointed at the reluctance of the Major Donar Nations to demand that Pakistan act shiftly in regards to the culprits involved in 26/11 Mumbai incident !!! Can you for a second, imagine this happening in New York, and US awaitng Pakistan's reply at their leisure??? Your guess is as good as mine, as to what the outcome of that scenario would have been !!! That's when I feel that India needs to up the ante on this issue as they have treated like Idiots so far, in regards to their requests for positive response from Pakistan !!!

R S JOHAR | 9 years ago | Reply @Hedgefunder: What you have stated is true that none of our major concerns have been addressed by Pakistan and many eminent panelists and politicians on English and other news channels are questioning govt's decision to hold talks with Pakistan. However, I feel that holding talks without pre-conditions strengthens India's position as well as raises its stature in the eyes of the whole world. If at all India's efforts in peace-making with Pakistan ends up in a failure, it can still hold its head high and would receive the backing of all major countries whereas Pakistan will be further isolated . India is not at-all interested to become a regional power but aiming much higher, which it can only achieve through statesman-ship of a very high order, vibrant economy and a strong military machine.
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