Shabir Shah leaves for New Delhi to meet Sartaj Aziz

Srinagar: Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) President and senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah has left for New Delhi to meet Pakistan’s National Security Advisor, Sartaj Aziz, who is scheduled to have talks with his Indian counterpart on Sunday.

Around 9:25 today, Shabir Shah left from his Rawalpora residence in a cavalcade to the Srinagar International Airport to catch a flight to New Delhi, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. His supporters were chanting pro-freedom slogans, as the senior pro-freedom leader boarded a car along with two of his close aides to leave for New Delhi.

“We will not back out. We have been invited by Pakistan High Commission and we will go there,” Shah told journalists outside his residence.

Shah said that he will remind Indian electronic and print media in New Delhi, which have started a vicious campaign calling for cancellation of NSA level talks between the two nuclear neighbours over Sartaj-pro-freedom leadership meet, about the initiatives taken by former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh and Lal Krishan Advani to reach a solution to the Kashmir issue.

“This is not the first time we are going to meet Pakistan leaders. We have meeting them from decades. Why hue and cry this time,” he said.

He said that the talks between the two NSAs were must to arrive at a solution in the backdrop of rising tension along the borders.

“The differences between the two countries can only be removed through talks. Once they sit together, they can find solution to the complaints of ceasefire violation along the borders,” he added.

Meanwhile, Indian news channels reported that Shah might be detained on his arrival at the New Delhi Airport to foil his meet with the Pakistan NSA.

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