Kashmiri separatist leaders will meet Pakistan envoy
Kashmir: On Monday, Kashmiri separatist leaders said they planned to go on with the plan to meet the Pakistan High Commissioner, despite India calling off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the contentious issue of an invitation to them.
Criticising the Indian government over cancelling the talks, senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who head the hardline and moderate factions of the Hurriyat respectively, said they would visit New Delhi on Tuesday to meet Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.
Speaking to media persons in Kashmir, the Mirwaiz termed the cancellation of talks as "a serious blow to the dialogue process between the two countries". Shahid-ul-Islam, Secretary of the Mirwaiz, said the cancellation revealed the logic behind the thinking processes at the highest levels of the Indian government.
A spokesman for Geelani said cancellation of talks indicated the "political immaturity of the Indian government". The spokesman said Geelani would leave for Delhi on Tuesday to meet the Pakistan High Commissioner.
Taking exception to Basit's decision to invite Kashmiri separatist leaders for talks ahead of the August 25 foreign secretary-level talks, the Indian government told Pakistan that the scheduled visit of the Indian foreign secretary stood cancelled.