Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani will hold a separate one-on-one meet with Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz on August 24 – a day later than the date the invitation was extended to Kashmir’s pro-freedom camp by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in Delhi, Mansoor Ahmed Khan, had earlier communicated to the pro-freedom leaders by telephone that Sartaj Aziz will meet them over dinner hosted by the High Commission on August 23.
However, Geelani had informed the High Commission that he will only be able to meet Aziz on August 24. “We have a function here on August 23 as the amalgam is observing Youm-e-Tasees (founding day) of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. So, Geelani Sahib had to tell the Pakistan High Commission that he will only be able to meet Sartaj Aziz on August 24,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is indecisive on accepting the invitation. In the meeting held on Wednesday at the party’s head office, the JKLF leadership didn’t arrive at a final decision. “The meeting discussed threadbare the invitation given to the front by the Pakistan High Commission. Today’s meeting was inconclusive and the front leaders are again meeting on Thursday to take a final call over whether to meet Pakistan’s national security advisor on August 23 or not,” JKLF spokesman Mohammad Hussain Altaf told Kashmir Reader.
Pertinently, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is meeting Aziz on August 23, and will also participate in the dinner being hosted by the High Commission. “While accepting the invitation, the Hurriyat (M) executive meet held today resolved that a high-level delegation headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would attend the reception hosted for Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz on August 23,” spokesman Hurriyat (M) Shahid-ul-Islam said.
Meanwhile, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi on Wednesday said she would not be able to meet Aziz due to her health issues. However, the DeM chief stressed that Kashmir should be the ‘core’ issue of talks between the two countries. “Kashmir is a core issue between India and Pakistan and the basis of all the issues both the countries are burdened with. India wants to engage Pakistan in supplementary issues and wants to keep Kashmir on the back-burner, which should never be accepted by Pakistan,” Asiya said in a statement.