Delhi agrees Hur­riyat lead­ers talks with Pak­istan Mir­waiz wel­comes move

Pakistan Observer - - KASH­MIR -

SRI­NA­GAR— There is no bar on the meet­ings of Kash­miri sep­a­ratist lead­ers with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of any coun­try in In­dia, a me­dia re­port quoted Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs as say­ing.

“Since the en­tire state of Jammu and Kash­mir is an in­te­gral part of the Union of In­dia and these so- called Kash­miri ‘ lead­ers’ are In­dian ci­ti­zens, there is no bar on their meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of any coun­try in In­dia,” Min­is­ter of State for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, VK Singh said in a writ­ten re­ply to the par­lia­ment.

How­ever, Singh was quick to add that there could not be any role for third party in the In­dia- Pak­istan di­a­logue process.

“In­dia has con­sis­tently main­tained that there is no role for a third party in the bi­lat­eral di­a­logue be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan as per the Simla Agree­ment and the La­hore Dec­la­ra­tion. In­dia’s dis­plea­sure at Pak­istan’s at­tempts to in­ter­fere in In­dia’s in­ter­nal af­fairs has been re­peat­edly con­veyed to Pak­istan,” he added.

In Au­gust 2014, New Delhi can­celled talks be­tween the for­eign sec­re­taries of In­dia and Pak­istan, fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween the Pak­istani High Com­mis­sioner Ab­dul Ba­sit and Hur­riyat leader Shabir Shah. Mir­waiz wel­comes: Hur­riyat con­fer­ence ( M) chair­man, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq on Mon­day wel­comed New Delhi for al­low­ing sep­a­ratists to talk with Pak­istan. “This is a wel­come step,” Mir­waiz told re­porters at his res­i­dence. He said “Bet­ter late than never”. He hoped that New Delhi would not draw any red lines and the pre­sent regime at New Delhi will fol­low the “Va­j­payee path”.

“We have al­ways sup­ported di­a­logue be­cause this is the only way through which Kash­mir is­sue can be set­tled,” Mir­waiz said.

Mir­waiz was re­fer­ring to Min­is­ter of State Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs V. K. Singh’s writ­ten re­ply in the Par­lia­ment on the is­sue.

In a re­ply in par­lia­ment, Singh said, “Since the en­tire state of Jammu and Kash­mir is an in­te­gral part of the Union of In­dia and these so- called Kash­miri ‘ lead­ers’ are In­dian ci­ti­zens, there is no bar on their meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of any coun­try in In­dia.— GK/ RK

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