Pak­istan in­vites sep­a­ratists for meet­ing 'to ir­ri­tate In­dia': In­dian an­a­lyst

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

SRI­NA­GAR: Pak­istan in­vited sep­a­ratists from In­di­a­held Kash­mir for a meet­ing in a move that risks fur­ther strain­ing ef­forts to restart a peace di­a­logue ahead of a rare meet­ing be­tween top se­cu­rity of­fi­cials from the nu­clear-armed na­tions. In­dia called off peace talks with Pak­istan a year ago af­ter its neigh­bour con­sulted the sep­a­ratists be­fore a meet­ing be­tween their for­eign sec­re­taries.

Know more: In­dia calls off for­eign sec­re­tary level talks with Pak­istan At the time, In­dia ac­cused Pak­istan of interfering in its do­mes­tic af­fairs. Hard­line Kash­miri sep­a­ratist, Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani is among the lead­ers in­vited to the Pak­istan High Com­mis­sion on Au­gust 23, the day talks be­tween the se­cu­rity of­fi­cials are due to start, Ayaz Ak­bar, a spokesman for the sep­a­ratists, said. "This is de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to ir­ri­tate In­dia," said S. Chan­drasekha­ran, di­rec­tor of the South Asia Anal­y­sis Group in New Delhi.

Man­zoor Ali Me­mon, a spokesman for the Pak­istani em­bassy, con­firmed the in­vi­ta­tion and de­clined to com­ment fur­ther. Pak­istan shares agenda of talks with In­dia Pak­istan af­ter fi­nal­is­ing its agenda for up­com­ing talks with In­dia be­tween na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers has shared the agenda doc­u­ments with New Delhi. Of­fi­cial sources con­firmed that agenda doc­u­ments have been shared with In­dia and a re­sponse is awaited from New Delhi.

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