Sharif invites Geelani to Pakistan, stresses centrality of Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) said on Saturday that Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has invited its chairman Syed Ali Geelani to Pakistan.
A Hurriyat (G) spokesman said Pakistan high commissioner in India Abdul Basit handed the invitation letter to Geelani at a dinner at his residence at Tilak Marg in New Delhi last night.
In the letter, the spokesman said, Sharif has said that Kashmir is not a border dispute but concerns right to self determination of two crore people, while stating that unless Kashmir is resolved, there can be no progress on bilateral ties with India.
Sharif, the spokesman added, termed the Kashmir issue as an unfinished agenda of the Partition, adding without resolution of the dispute, friendly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad would only be “self deception”.
The Pakistan PM also blamed India’s “unwillingness to talk” as the reason behind the aborted talks between the National Security Advisors of the two countries.
“We want good relations with all our neighbours including India but New Delhi’s unrealistic approach has been a big impediment,” the Hurriyat spokesman said, quoting Sharif’s letter.
Pakistan, India should live like ‘good neighbours’
Pakistan and India should live like “good neighbours” and resolve all issues including Kashmir through dialogue, Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday.
“I raised the issue of Kashmir in the UN with courage and spoke out my heart (over the issue). I also gave a proposal to India to improve ties with Pakistan.
“We (Indian and Pakistan) should live like good neighbours and find out a solution to the Kashmir issue,” Sharif said while talking to reporters at the Governor’s House in Lahore.
The prime minister said he told the United Nations that it was its resolution on Kashmir and not that of Pakistan therefore it was the body’s duty to implement it.
“I spoke the truth while looking into their eyes. The UN should realise itself and implement its resolution on Kashmir,” he said.
In his address last week at the United Nations General Assembly, Sharif had proposed a four-point formula to improve ties with India.
He proposed demilitarisation of Kashmir, immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops from Siachen, resumption of composite dialogue and formalisation of border ceasefire.Jammu man who attempted to unfurl flag a government employee