In a rebuff to Pakistan, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has rejected the invite from Pakistan High Commissioner for an ‘Eid Milan’ party on July 21.
Hurriyat says that the decision to “boycott” the function has been taken in protests against dropping of K-word during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Russia.
“It is sad that there was no mention of Kashmir in the recent meeting of Indo-Pak Prime Ministers,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar quoted Geelani as saying. “As a symbolic protest against it Hurriyat has decided to boycott the function”.
The Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit has invited separatist leaders from Kashmir for a get together in the capital.
The High Commission, earlier, had invited the separatist leaders for an Iftar party on July 4 but later cancelled it. The reason for canceling the invite, sources say, was the scheduled Modi-Sharif meeting in Russia.
Hurriyat said High Commissioner Basit called Geelani on phone and invited him for the Eid Milan party. Hurriyat said that Geelani told Basit that he will decide on the invite only after consultations with party members.
“After a meeting, it was decided that Geelani sahib will not participate in the function and that no Hurriyat representative would be sent there,” Akbar said. “Kashmir is an issue of the future of 13 million people and nobody would be allowed to take them for-granted”.
Saying that Pakistan is taking “dictation” from India on Kashmir, Hurriyat said that since BJP has come to power they are forcing Pakistan to accept a “minus-Kashmir” agenda for talks. “The missing of any mention on Kashmir in the recent high profile meeting indicates that Pakistan has accepted the dictation from India,” Hurriyat said. “It seems that instead of the sacrifices and desires of people of Kashmir and Kashmir, Pakistan has valued the good will of Narendra Modi”.
This is not for the first time that Geelani has stood against Pakistan for ignoring Kashmir during talks with India. In past, the Hurriyat chairman stood against the then Pakistan president Parvez Musharraf during a meet in New Delhi resulting in Pakistan’s cold shouldering to the separatist leader for several years.