Iran Envoy In Srinagar; Meets Kashmiri Leaders

Iran Envoy In Srinagar; Meets Kashmiri Leaders

2 June 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: The Iranian ambassador to New Delhi, Syed Mehdi Nabizadeh, on Saturday hosted a lunch for a select gathering of Kashmiri leaders here in the run-up to the anniversary of Ayatollah Imam Khomeini, and later met the state governor, NN Vohra. The chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the grand mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Basheeruddin Ahmad, the chairman of the JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, the president of the Anjuman-e-Sharaie, Agha Syed Hassan, the president of the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Maulana Masroor Abbas, the president of the Democratic Freedom Party, Shabir Ahmad Shah, the chief of the National Front Nayeem Ahmad Khan senior PDP leader Maulana Iftikhar Ansari, CPI(M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami and NC minister and MLA Agha Syed Ruhullah were among those who attended the luncheon at the Hotel Grand Palace. Ambassador Nabizadeah, who has been the Iranian envoy in India for the past four years, was on his first visit to Kashmir, and was accorded a warm welcome at the Srinagar airport on his arrival today. Leading a diplomatic team, Nabizadeh is on his way to Kargil where a major function has been scheduled later this week to mark the 23rd anniversary of the passing away of the founder of the Iranian revolution. According to reports, the ambassador also called on the governor, NN Vohra, at the Raj Bhavan, and later visited the Bali Heran area of Pattan to attend an Education Conference. Thousands of people turned out in the streets to greet him there. Iran-India Trade Flourishing Ambassador spoke about growing ties between India and Iran. He said that India and the Islamic Republic will encourage forging of ties between various states of the two countries. “During a recent visit of a ministerial delegation from India to Tehran which was led by Renewable Energy Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah it was decided that the Iranian government will explore possibilities of investing in industrial sector of Kashmir,” Nabizadeh disclosed. He stressed upon greater cooperation between two countries and said that Indo-Iran trade has increased to 16 billion dollars from mere $ 9 billion when he took over four years ago. He said attempts by certain powers to pressurise New Delhi to stop buying Iranian crude have failed. Call for Unity: The Iranian Cultural Counsellor in India, Ahmad Ali, on Saturday said that Kashmiris would emerge victorious if they displayed unity and cooperation like the Iranians during their Islamic revolution. “If Kashmir today displays such strong affection and affiliation to the Iranian revolution, it is because the Iranian revolution is for Islam,” Ali said at a large function in the Bali Haran area of Pattan in north Kashmir held in connection with the anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini. The counsellor was accompanying the Iranian ambassador to New Delhi, Syed Mehdi Nabizadeh, who was the special guest at the function. The patron of the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Maulana Abbas Ansari, who chaired the event organised jointly by the Al Abbas Relief Trust and the Madina Public Schools, paid glowing tribute to Ayatollah Khomeini, saying he had given the Muslim world the courage to battle heavy odds for its dignity and rights.