Pak High Commission confirms Geelani-Aziz meet on Aug 24

Umar Shah
Srinagar: Pakistan High Commission on Friday asked Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to attend a meeting with Pakistan’s NSA Sartaj Aziz at the residence of the Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on August 24.
Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader that Geelani was informed by telephone by the Pakistan High Commission that Sartaj Aziz will meet him at 9.30 am on August 24 at Pakistan House – the residence of Pakistan’s High Commissioner in New Delhi. “Geelani Sahib will leave for New Delhi on August 24 and will board the Indian Airline flight scheduled to take off at 7.30 in the morning for New Delhi,” Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader.
He said that during the meet, Hurriyat (G) will apprise Aziz about the ground situation in Kashmir besides hailing Pakistan’s efforts in taking Kashmir’s representatives on board. “As India is adamant in talking to Pakistan minus Hurriyat, the bold position of Pakistan must be hailed as it has revealed to the world that no dialogue with India can take place without taking Kashmiris on board,” the Hurriyat (G) spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed his willingness to meet to meet Sartaj Aziz after the NSA level talks, saying dialogue must be held with the utmost sincerity between India and Pakistan.
The Mirwaiz, while addressing people at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid ahead of congregational prayers, said if the constraint is Hurriyat’s meeting with Aziz ahead of NSA level talks then his amalgam is ready to meet him after the talks are over. “This is not an issue for us at all. We believe that if talks are held with a purpose and with sincerity then such constraints are to be removed,” Mirwaiz said.
The Hurriyat (M) Chief also said that Kashmiris are not the third party to the ‘dispute’ but have a vital role in the resolution of the vexed issue. “The people of Kashmir hold the prime position in the dialogue process — without them; no forward movement can be witnessed,” Mirwaiz said in his address.
He also took a jibe at the GOI, saying a negative approach by New Delhi would foil the entire peace process and making ‘terrorism’ a central theme of NSA talks only represents a negative mindset. He said that international law and the UN charter make it clear that the JK Assembly is not ‘competent’ to take any decision regarding the future status of Kashmir. “Kashmir issue could be resolved either by implementing UN resolutions or through a meaningful dialogue among all stakeholders,” Mirwaiz said.
The Hurriyat (M) chief maintained that it was better for GoI to accept the disputed nature of Kashmir and that the same could be resolved only by talking to the people of Kashmir, with Pakistan on board. He also hailed the statements of the US and UN over Kashmir.