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Pak High Commissioner Meets Separatists Despite Talk Cancellation
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Unfazed by India's decision to call off Foreign Secretary-level talks, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit today went ahead with his talks with moderate and hardline Kashmiri separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

After their meetings with the envoy, the separatist leaders attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policy on resolving Kashmir issue. "I am surprised that Modi Saheb had announced that he will follow (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee's policy in resolving issues.

"So, where is he heading to? Vajpayee saheb had facilitated our meetings with Pakistani leadership and even encouraged us to hold talks with militant groups to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue," the Mirwaiz and JKLF Chief Yaseen Malik, who had separate meetings with the envoy, said.

About their discussions with Basit, the Mirwaiz said he apprised him about the situation in the Kashmir Valley and added that the move to hold talks with the separatist leadership despite opposition from India was "highly appreciated".

Fire-brand hardliner and pro-Pakistan separatist Geelani also said Pakistan's decision to hold the talks was a "right" decision.

None of the separatist leaders was allowed to speak to the media by Delhi Police personnel who asked them to leave the place immediately because of strict enforcement of Section 144 of CrPC.

Malik alleged the government was trying to choke the voice of separatists. "I wonder now we can't even speak to the media. What is happening?

"Previous seven Prime Ministers of this country have encouraged dialogue and now Mr Modi comes and chokes everything. So, does this mean others were wrong and he is only Mr right?" he said.

The Mirwaiz drew attention to 'Operation Prarakaram' when India pushed its troops to the border, a move equally responded to by Pakistan. "What happened after that? Both the countries were at the negotiating table after the economy suffered a lot," he said.

Regretting the decision of New Delhi to cancel the talks, the Mirwaiz said "an atmosphere of peace was in the air and we had hoped that the invite to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for oath-taking ceremony was a nice move.

"However, this move (of calling off of talks) has left a bad taste among the people of Kashmir," he said.

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Daily Mail

Aug 20, 2014
10:20 AM

Calling off talks between India and Pakistan was a foregone conclusion.
Modi ji had decided about it amidst Pak's continuous shellings and firings during his visit to Kashmir.

Enough explosive material had gathered. Hurriyat leaders meeting with Pak's High Commissioner merely ignited the fire.

A huge tactonic shift in India's foreign policy towards Pakistan is going to take place.
India is closely following Imran Khan/Qadri's joint march from National assembly to Nawaz Sharif's home.

I suggest ,in the meanwhile,India's High commissioner in Pak,may send invites to separatists in Balochistan, Pakhtunistan and the most dangerous Jeay Sindh movement.

Lesson for Pak :
Jinkey ghar sheeshey key hotey hain ,woh doosron par patthar nahi phhektey.

A K SAXENA (A retd civil servant)

Aug 20, 2014
08:01 AM

On the auspicious occasion of our honorable ex-PM's birthday, Shri Rajiv Gandhi (Aug 20), lets relive the memories of his greatest contribution to Indian History which will remain sketched on our memories for years to come.

Let us salute the great soul who not only remained silent as a PM when an incident of "ethnic cleansing" was happening in Independent India but also rebuked Jagmohan, then Governor of Kashmir tried to warn him repeatedly about the escalating communal tensions which Rajiv's dear friend, Farooq Abdullah was engineering. For the entire duration of the massacre, Farooq, then CM of J&K was playing Golf somewhere in Europe. A very co-ordinated, beautifully executed chapter in history.

Lest we forget.

Untold story of cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits 

Mohan, Adiipur
Aug 20, 2014
03:36 AM

Do the citizens of India also appreciate highly " About their discussions with Basit, the Mirwaiz said he apprised him about the situation in the Kashmir Valley and added that the move to hold talks with the separatist leadership despite opposition from India was "highly appreciated"." assuming Kashmir staters have no more rights than any other citizens of India. 

It is time to remove special rights of Kashmirees and solve this ridiculous wrangling.

Parthasarathy Shakkottai, Long Beach
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