Separatist Leaders From Kashmir Invited For Talks With Pak Foreign Secretary

Separatist Leaders From Kashmir Invited For Talks With Pak Foreign Secretary

28 June 2012
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: Separatist leaders of Kashmir have been invited for talks with the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Jaleel Abbas who is arriving in New Delhi on July 3. Abbas has invited Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani for a meeting on his arrival in New Delhi. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would be meeting Abbas on July 3. Abbas would be holding meeting with separatist leaders before holding talks with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai on July 4 and 5. Malik said he would convey to the Pakistan Foreign Secretary that Kashmiri leadership is not against India-Pakistan talks. 'We are not against India Pakistan doing business or holding dialogue but we also want to know what progress they have made on Kashmir. I have met both the Prime Minister of India and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. We would like to see what both the countries are doing regarding Kashmir issue,' Malik said. Malik said India and Pakistan cannot keep Kashmir issue on the backburner and talk about other issues. 'Kashmir conflict has consumed four generations of Kashmiris and involvement of Kashmiris in the dialogue process is necessary. There is shift in the approach of people in Jammu and Kashmir. The present movement is now totally peaceful. There is transition from violent movement to peaceful movement. India and Pakistan have responsibility to take the call and they cannot push another generation of Kashmiris towards violence. They should involve Kashmiris in the dialogue process,' Malik said. Malik said he would discuss all these issues with the Foreign Secretary. However, hardline Hurriyat Conference will hold a meeting of the Hurriyat advisory committee on Saturday before leaving for Delhi. 'Pakistan's acting High Commissioner Babar Amin has invited us on Wednesday evening. The invitation is on behalf of Jaleel Abbas. We are holding an advisory committee meeting to take a decision on the invitation,' said Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat.