Pak 'concerned' over delay in Hurriyat visit
20 January 2001
The Hindustan Times
Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday expressed concern over the delay in issuance of travel documents to the Hurriyat leaders to visit Islamabad and asked India to demonstrate its sincerity by expediting the process. 'With the delay and negative attitude by Indian authorities, the opportunity for addressing the Kashmir issue by initiating peace process will be slipping away,' foreign office spokesman Riaz Mohammad Khan said here on Saturday. He said that India needs to take decision and demonstrate through actions its sincerity to address the Kashmir issue and hoped that the process of issuance of travel documents to the Hurriyat team would be completed soon. 'We hope delegation of Hurriyat will be able to visit Pakistan soon. But we have no definite information about their visit and issuance of travel documents to Hurriyat leaders,' the spokesman said. About Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's statement that the Pakistani leadership should demonstrate its sincerity and commitment to the dialogue process by checking the anti-India militant outfits operating from there, he reiterated Islamabad's willingness to hold dialogue to address the Kashmir issue. On External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh's visit to Saudi Arabia, Khan said 'Pakistan is not worried about India's ties with Saudi Arabia. Our ties with Saudi Arabia and close possible cooperation are of fundamental nature,' He said the visit of Singh to Saudi Arabia is taking place after a long delay, which will focus basically on bilateral ties.