Day after India cancelled talks, Hurriyat leader Geelani meets Pak envoy

Very unfortunate that government cancelled talks; 'not a genuine reason' to call off dialogue: Geelani

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 19, 2014 3:08 pm
 Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday met Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit. Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday met Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

A day after India cancelled the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan to protest against a meeting between Kashmiri separatist leaders and Islamabad’s envoy to New Delhi, Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday met Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

The separatist leader reportedly said that Kashmir is not an internal issue as he slammed government’s decision to call off the talks with Pakistan.

Following the development, protests broke out against Geelani outside Pakistan High Commission.

Earlier in the day, Geelani said it was “not a genuine reason” to cancel talks as “we had been talking (to Pakistan) during Congress regime as well as during the tenure of (NDA’s Prime Minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee as well. This is not a new thing.”

Geelani said it is “very unfortunate” that the government of India has cancelled the scheduled Foreign Secretary level talks. “India should not have done it. The ground that has been made to cancel the talks is not a genuine cause,” he insisted.

India had on Monday called off the talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries scheduled to be held in Islamabad on August 25, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between dialogue and hobnobbing with the separatists.

India cancelled the talks, raising strong objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

While the Pakistan described the move as a “setback” to Indo-Pak ties and defended its consultations with Kashmiri separatists, the separatist leaders said that they would go ahead with their meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in Delhi on Tuesday despite talks being cancelled.

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    manohar sharma
    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:53 am
    I feel that when the Pak ambador was told to desist from their meeting with these separatists, he should have been considerate to India's sensibilities
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      S.Gonesh
      Aug 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm
      These anti-Hindus are of no use nor of any importance.Kashmir is Hindus and must stay so. Bring in more soldie clean up the mess. They can move out to the arab-desert.
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        RockDJ
        Aug 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm
        Continuous ceasefire violation and running a cowardly proxy war killing our people in Kashmir and to top it to meet so called representatives (incidentally never elected by people of Kashmir) despite a clear articulated guidance from India is deplorable in the least and has received a being reply from India. stan is a communal state which has only religion as it's base. Mr. Modi is a charasmatic and ertive leader. I will not be surprised if he comes up with a lasting solution to our cranky neighbour who is ever so close to being a 'failed state'.BJP has some of the leading intellectuals belonging to almost all religions including Muslims. I think the people of India are now realising it's past mistakes and will going forward vote for development and development alone.People who feel that Kashmir should be part of stan or a free country should read the Simla Agreement and history on how stan Army attacked Kashmir immediately after its independence.It if funny that stan is claiming brotherhood as being Muslim when it is this very country that humiliated it's brothers in East stan. I think stan should first save Balochistan then try for Kashmir.
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          Shankar
          Aug 20, 2014 at 3:48 am
          stan is a bankrupt country and unsustainability written all over. Into this boiling couldron mad man Geelani wants to throw J & K people. Hope wisdom dawns on people of Kashmir and they throw out these separatists.
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            Shankar
            Aug 20, 2014 at 3:49 am
            stan is a bankrupt country and unsustainability written all over. Into this boiling couldron mad man Geelani wants to throw J & K people. Hope wisdom dawns on people of Kashmir and they throw out these separatists.....
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              Indyadhanush
              Aug 19, 2014 at 10:42 am
              The sick ulla rist, the Aman Ki Asha coterie will lose their sleep about the Biryani that was there in every meeting. This same stan murdered 30 Lakh Hindus and 10 Lakh Muslims in Bangladesh in 1971. It was the Hindu Indian Army that liberated Bangladesh,
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                madan gupta
                Aug 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm
                do not blame Pak. or separatists. Be bold to arrest all of them under POTA/TADA and die in jail w/o trial.
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                  Rajiv Pande
                  Aug 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm
                  Repeal article 370
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                    rakesh
                    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:28 am
                    Mr. gilani u are first indian u have eaten indian salt , and u want to separate kasmir from india and jion pak later, handing over kasmir to pak is nothing but giving a flower garland to monkeys hand.
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                      Sadan
                      Aug 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm
                      Mr Geelani...this is very much our internal issue. If you're so concerned get out of India and go live in stan. You're just a worthless person.What a waste of creation you are.
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                        Patriot
                        Aug 19, 2014 at 10:04 am
                        BJP a party with communal atude towards muslims and Islam, they never allowed that talks should takes place. In order to prove themselves as progressive and to the world during the PM oath ceremoney BJP invited stan and fooled the nation. The real scene is the same, they just want to pull the time and fool the nation and the Kashmiris.
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                          harry
                          Aug 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm
                          And still most Bangladeshi will favour stan any time over India. After all the flow of religion goes deep.
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                            harry
                            Aug 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm
                            No more Biryani, and no more iftar parties.
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                              Citizen
                              Aug 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm
                              Reasoning as every one knows truth is only one but some people say otherwise. In a court every one knows when a murderer is tried but still there is defense just to make sure that they are not punishing a wrong guy. Like the same to have constructive talks both sides should create an amicable conducive atmosphere but if one or its agencies are bent up on spoiling/destructing the steps taken by both sides before for this; there is no other way to proceed except to stop talks until cool and calm prevails. Jaihind
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                                VASOO KAMULKAR
                                Aug 19, 2014 at 9:45 am
                                From : Vasoo Kamulkar, LondonThe Consution of Hindusthaan gives S Ali Shah Geelani the freedom to roam about from Kalhan Province ( aka Kashmir) tp Kanya Kumari. None should get alarmed. The problem arises if and when Geelani declares that he has renounced the Hindusthaanee citizenship.
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