Pakistan snubs India's 'advice' against meeting Hurriyat

Published: August 21, 2015
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit (L) with chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq at Eid Milan hosted at the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit (L) with chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq at Eid Milan hosted at the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan rejected on Friday India’s advice against meeting Hurriyat leaders ahead of rare weekend talks between the two countries’ top security advisers in New Delhi.

“The foreign secretary conveyed to the Indian High Commissioner that it would not be possible for Pakistan to accept this advice,” a press release issued by the Foreign Office said on Friday.

Read: India ‘advises’ Pakistan against meeting Hurriyat leaders

“Kashmir is a disputed territory as per the UN Security Council resolutions which remain unimplemented,” the press release added.

The Foreign Office pointed out that the Pakistani leadership has always interacted with Kashmir’s leadership during visits to India. “Pakistan sees no reason to depart from this established past practice.”

“The Hurriyat leaders are the true representatives of the Kashmiri people of the Indian occupied Kashmir,” the statement read.

Further, the Foreign Office said, “Pakistan regards them as genuine stakeholders in the efforts to find a lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute.”

According to the Foreign Office, it was made clear to India during the Ufa meeting between the prime ministers of both the countries that all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, will be discussed between the two counties.

Read: Talking points with India: Civil-military huddle crafts talks’ strategy

“India’s insistence to introduce conditionalities and restrict the agenda for the dialogue, demonstrates a lack of seriousness on India’s part to meaningfully engage with Pakistan.”

Earlier today, India through its High Commissioner in Islamabad conveyed to the Pakistan government that National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz should not meet the Hurriyat leaders during the adviser’s forthcoming visit to India.

The Indian foreign ministry said it would not be ‘appropriate’ for Sartaj Aziz to hold the meeting on Sunday in New Delhi just before scheduled talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

Read: Hurriyat leaders released after brief house arrest ahead of Sartaj’s visit to New Delhi

India had cancelled talks with Pakistan last year between their foreign secretaries, outraged over a similar meeting that took place, a move that set back already tense relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

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  • Abacus
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:01PM

    These talks were to have been on terror, as agreed to upon in Ufa. pakistan goes back on its word, yet again. Why are we not surprised?Recommend

  • SGJ007
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:14PM

    Pakistan is slowly entering in to the trap led by India. Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2015 - 5:16PM

    If Kashmir is a disputed land so why pakis are building EC with china ………..shamfull act.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:23PM

    Pakistan can go to any extent for Kashmir issue. In 68 years this issue has brought where it is today. Further sticking to issue at the cost of development and peace in their country is up to them.Recommend

  • rohit950723
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:24PM

    Why Pakistan is always silent on China occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • R.Subramanian
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:41PM

    Its better to cancel these talks, there is no use in it, waste of time for both sides. If Pakistan thinks India will give up Kashmir means it is not going to happen, at the same time Pakistan is not going to give up its claim on Kashmir… when there is a rigid position on both sides, whats the point in having discussion which can’t be resolved. So cancel the meetingRecommend

  • javaid
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:04PM

    Thanx to Modi, because of its hard policies Kashmiris are wake up again. Just wait and good days for Kashmiris are coming.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:10PM

    I’m sorry, Indians.

    The situation clearly shows how incompetent Modi government is as far as Pakistan policy goes. Modi is more incompetent than Congress.

    Clearly, BJP is confused and absolutely have no idea as to how to deal with Pakistan. BJP is jumping around and floundering like a babboon with its tail caught in a crocodile’s jaws.

    It actually makes one feel sorry for the 56′ chested man.Recommend

  • Arif
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:11PM

    Most probably Indians are going to cancel the talks. Either way we win. Indians were going to demand on our terror training camps and arresting Mumbai planners and we were not planning to co-operate anyway.Recommend

  • SHKT
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:19PM
  • naveen singh
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Meeting hurriyat is non sense .this is not a political party.this party does not has legal is like if india want to settle baloch issue keeping tahreeq e taliban of pakistan as third party.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:33PM

    India does not really care if Pakistan talks to Hurriyat. Hurriyat is a divided spent force with no real base in J & K. Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2015 - 6:35PM

    Good decession of pak govt,,,, nsa talks with Indian dictation not acceptable,,, kashmir is priority on solving issues Recommend

  • Arif
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:54PM

    @bairooni haath
    What you are claiming is not true since you all seem to be agitated.Recommend

  • SN
    Aug 21, 2015 - 7:02PM

    This is the diplomacy they teach at Hamid Gul Institute of Strategic Depth; keep digging the hole.Recommend

  • Manoj Biswas
    Aug 21, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Pakistan could have listened to India for this time and found a way out to resolve Terrorism. I was bit surprised as to how and why India agreed to talk inspite of recent attacks at the border. Its sad that a poor country like Pakistan has to once again spend billions of $$$ to buy weapon and beg to various contries for the $$$ in the name of cleaning the terrorism. Sad to see Pakistan getting destroyed, as it was part of India.Recommend

  • abhi
    Aug 21, 2015 - 7:47PM

    Pakistan proved once again that they can’t keep their words.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Aug 21, 2015 - 7:49PM

    @kartikey mishra:

    only indian held kashmir is disputed dimwit. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Aug 21, 2015 - 7:50PM

    @Bairooni Haath:

    hahaha..obviously your government doesnt really seem to think that. the insecurity is ingrained in your mind obviously. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Aug 21, 2015 - 7:51PM

    @naveen singh:

    its not the same. read a book. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Aug 21, 2015 - 7:52PM

    well done pakistan. indians have become increasingly desperate and arrogant. needs to be killed with a sharp blow. Recommend

  • someone
    Aug 21, 2015 - 9:15PM

    Good day like last 4 decades?? I think Kashmiris would be too foolish if they tried the same tricks of violence again. Their two generations have been devastated playing Pakistan’s dirty game. I don’t think they should waste another two generations. They can’t remain as independent nation as we have seen with PoK and Punjabis of Pakistan would sell Kashmiris to China in no time after taking all their water. For Punjabis of Pakistan, the water of Jhelum is thicker than blood of Kashmiris.Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Aug 21, 2015 - 9:35PM

    @wb: A tail can be caught amongst the teeth but not the jaw . The situation has to deal more with the Pak establishment taking firm control of the civilian admin than anything else. Actions , reactions and scripts are written and directed by the army and its kiosk ISI leaving the civilian admin confused. The commonwealth speakers conference is a classic example. First , Pak said the meet shall happen irrespective of India’s participation , now the story is that it is not going to be held in Pak but in the non commonwealth city of NY. How low can Pak go? Even the US has lost patience with Pak and is withholding the 300 mn of CSF andis also not confirming PM Sharief’s visit to US in Oct. Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 21, 2015 - 10:23PM

    To all Indian trolls plz see Aapas ki baat and see what Sidharth Rajan said…Modi not clear and domestic politic pressure on ModiRecommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    Aug 21, 2015 - 10:40PM

    When these Hindustani trolls will realize that terrorist Modi has got his nickers in a twist.One side world leaders are pressing him to have talks with Pakistan and on other side his terrorist BJP and media doesn’t want these talks where he will have to address our grievances as well.Take a stand Modi and talk to Pakistan for peace in the region.In the end Kashmir will be a free for ever from your occupation.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 22, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Mian Nawaz Sharif learnt one thing in his 10 years of exile and that is that the road to Pakistani prosperity goes through peace with India. That is why he used considerable political capital trying to mend fences with India. Unfortunately, there are forces in Pakistan which want the status quo.Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 22, 2015 - 12:29AM

    interesting to read all these comments from Hindu Extremist. this shows how much Hindustanis are frustrated and cannot control the outcome the way they want. Sorry to say Indians but you are not dealing with Bangladesh or NepalRecommend

  • a_writer
    Aug 22, 2015 - 1:48AM

    This action alone sufficient for India and Pakistan to shutter their embassies and go home.
    Any country that blatantly uses its embassy to connive with leaders of an organization considered hostile by the host country, the whole embassy staff of that country should be put on the next plane and sent home.Looks like Mr.Modi blinked in this case.Recommend

  • Milind
    Aug 22, 2015 - 7:53PM

    @wb – I’m keen to hear your arguments or views on how Modi/BJP should deal with this situation.Recommend

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