Pakistan’s envoy to consult Hurriyat leaders on Aug 19

Pakistani envoys have in the past talked to Kashmiri leaders before any major diplomatic initiative with India

News Desk August 17, 2014

Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit has invited leaders from the disputed Kashmir state ‘for consultations’ in the Indian capital ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries on August 25 in Islamabad.

“All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been invited by the Pakistan High Commission for consultations in Delhi on August 19,” an APHC spokesperson told the Press Trust of India on Sunday.

Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani  and Shabir Ahmad Shah, who last year floated the third faction of the amalgam of political and religious parties of Indian Kashmir, have also been invited by the Pakistan high commissioner.

However, pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has not been invited. “We have not received any communication from the Pakistan High Commission,” a spokesman of the JKLF said.

Pakistani envoys have in the past talked to Kashmiri leaders before any major diplomatic initiative with India.

However, Islamabad broke off from this tradition when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited India to attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May this year.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th,2014.



Tony Singh | 7 years ago | Reply

@Haider: Does two nation theory" hold water? Explain in terms of East Pakistan and now Bangladesh. Infact now Pakistan should propose "multi nation" theory for Pakistan. Do only Muslims have rights? How about the rights of people whose forefathers lived in what is now land occupied by people of "Arab Descent" (That's how you Pakistanis define yourselves as). Now is the time to put money where your mouth is. Move out to Arab lands.

globalobserver | 7 years ago | Reply

@Syed Jalal Kashmiri:

"Great work for all Kashmiri freedom fighters. We Kashmiris want freedom and justice. If India cannot provide it, we will turn to our traditional allies in Pakistan and the Muslim world."

The whole of Indian Muslims including Kashmiris did indeed get their "freedom and justice" in 1947. It is called Pakistan. Anyone who is not being an Indian is free to move to the Islamic paradise Pakistan that was carved out for them. I am sure you will be in favor of giving your fellow Muslims refugee, right?

Talking about it you might first start with allowing in the 400,000 Pakistani Beharis rotting in Bangladesh refugee camps for 35+ years. Also, give freedom and justice to the Baloch first. Don't forget freedom and justice to the Shia and Ahmadis who are being butchered every day in Pakistan.

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