Syed Ali Geelani: Khar invites Hurriyet leader to visit Pakistan

Published: February 27, 2012
Invitation extended by Pakistan envoy in New Delhi.

Invitation extended by Pakistan envoy in New Delhi.


The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani, has been invited to visit Pakistan by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the spokesperson of Geelani’s forum, Ayaz Akbar, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi, Shahid Malik, along with his associates visited the veteran leader at his Malviya Nagar residence in New Delhi. Malik had come up to formally invite Geelani to visit Pakistan.

The spokesperson added that the decision on accepting the invitation of Pakistan would be taken in Majlis-e-Shoora of the forum. He said that during the meeting, Geelani appealed to Pakistan to step up diplomatic efforts to apprise the world about human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir and to build pressure on India for resolving the issue.

“Pakistan has always supported Kashmiris at political, moral and diplomatic level,” Geelani said during the meeting. He called for inclusion of Kashmiri leadership in talks, saying that bilateral engagements between India and Pakistan had proven futile in the past and the dialogue process could be made result-oriented by involving the Kashmiri leaders.

Meanwhile, Malik assured the veteran leader that Pakistan would continue to support the Kashmir’s struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Salim Ansari
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Pakistan is saying bye-bye to the Kashmir cause.


  • Sharjeel
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Isnt he the same man who led janaza for OBL.Mashallah! Kashmiris are doomed if this guy is leading their independence movement.


  • from India
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:49AM

    he will not see azad kashmir atleast ih his lifetime !


  • vasan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:54AM

    It is high time Khar drives some sense into the oldman’s head.


  • Homa
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:35PM

    If pakistan wants to do mischief in kashmir, inda should reciprocate by inviting baloch leaders for for talks and moral support.


  • Tony Singh
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:38PM

    MS. Khar please keep Mr. Gilani as a permanent guest in Pakistan


  • Khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:21PM

    Kashmir is part of the unfinished partition of India, as recognized by UN, Kashmir is a part of Pakistan and always will be, if hindus wanna talk about Balochistan then we’ll talk about Khalistan, Assam, Nagaland and so on……so be careful India, and exit Kashmir, it’ll be better for you guys


  • Cautious
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Pakistan hypocrisy? You don’t like others meddling in what you think is an internal affair but have no qualms about crossing borders and mucking around in your neighbors. The World, Pakistan and your neighbors would be better off had you focused on your own issues Recommend

  • sylmarkhan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:58AM


    indians think they can wish like they have wished partion for themselves.

    India could not get away in ladakh kasshmir where china and pakistan over ruled indian ambition to grab a region that does not belong to india.

    indians should be happy for their miseries because of their double standard toward partion freedom and dispute without freedom independence.

    as i say there was no solution for independent kasshmir nor solution with indian claim which is false contrary to partion of subcontinent.

    in kassssshmir india is cheeeeer jayega!


  • Tony Singh
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:36AM

    Year 1965 : Give us Kashmir or else…..1971 creation of Bangladesh
    Year 2012 : Give us Kashmir or else…2012 Baluchistan
    Year 2020 : Give us Kashmir or else…..Sindhudesh
    Year 2030 : Give us Kashmir or else…… That street on other side of Parliament is a different country….
    Year 2050 : Give us Kashmir or else…Have to get aVISA to go to the toilet of my house (Its in different country)….
    Year …….


  • BlackJack
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Indians need to understand the tightrope that the Pak civilian govt needs to walk to be able to gradually distance itself from the Kashmir issue without the cataclysmic impact that this decision will have an increasingly radicalized civil society – rock the boat too hard or move too fast and the first casuality is likely to democracy, not Kashmir. So let’s just sit tight while the story unfolds.


  • G. Din
    Feb 28, 2012 - 5:23PM

    @Tony Singh: @Khan
    That was simply superb!


  • sylmarkhan
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:22AM

    @G. Din:

    din why don’t you read my reply,

    there is weasle right behind you!


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