Pak 'denies' Visa To PDP Spokesman

19 February 2015
Rising Kashmir
Rahiba R Parveen

Srinagar: Pakistan has denied visa to PDP chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar for attending a Track-II conference in Islamabad next week, sources said. Akhtar told Rising Kashmir that he was invited by the Jinnah Institute of Pakistan through New Delhi- based Centre for Development and Resolution (CDR) to attend the conference, but sources said Pakistan High Commission has refused to grant visa to him. The Track II conference, 'Islamabad Dialogue 4' is scheduled to be held on February 26-27. 'I had given my consent to attend the conference and the organizers of the conference were trying to get visa for me,' Akhtar said. He said he has not received any official communication on the subject. 'The news about it (visa) being refused has come to me only through the media reports'. 'I am yet to be informed about visa refusal directly,' he said. CDR Executive Director, Sushobha Barve said: 'We got in touch with the Pakistan High Commission and the officials told us that it (visa) was still in process. 'We don't know about it except that the officials told us that it was still in process.' Akhtar's PDP is engaged in government-formation talks with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jammu and Kashmir after electorate gave fractured mandate in the Assembly polls. PDP has been pressing BJP to agree on its alliance agenda, which includes holding talks with Pakistan and separatists besides revoking AFSPA from the State.