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