After Geelani, Asiya rejects Pak Eid Milan invite

SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat headed by Asiya Andrabi on Tuesday decided not to attend Pakistan high Commissioner’s Eid Milan party in New Delhi against Islamabad’s decision to eschew mention of Kashmir in a joint statement with India at Ufa in Russia last week.
The announcement comes a day after Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani announced to boycott the July 21 party.
“Our sentiments are hurt and we have decided not to attend the Eid Milan party to protest non mentioning of Kashmir by (Pakistan Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharief in his meeting with (Indian counterpart) Narendra Modi,” Asiya said in a statement here.
“Sadly and surprisingly, Nawaz didn’t even mention Kashmir just to keep the later in good humor. This was unexpected and we the Kashmiris are deeply hurt,” Asiya, who was separately invited by the Pakistan envoy, said.
“Let Pakistan know that Kashmiris cannot be taken for granted. Pakistani rulers must bear it in mind that the Kashmir is actually the issue of completion of Pakistan itself and they cannot backtrack from supporting this movement.” She said that Kashmir was “actually the unfinished agenda of formation of Pakistan.”
“Ignoring Kashmir in the meeting, Nawaz Sharief on one hand hurt the sentiments of Kashmiris and on the other hand has breached the basics of the movement of completion of Pakistan itself,” Asiya said, emphasizing that even if Nawaz was compelled by diplomatic customs to meet Modi, he should have raised Kashmir issue and made it clear to his Indian counterpart that this is “basic issue between the two countries”.