By Fazil Qayoom
Srinagar: Pakistan has invited Hurriyat Conference leaders to the ‘Pakistan Day’ function to be held on March 23 at the country’s High Commission in New Delhi.
Spokesman of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, Ayaz Akbar, told Kashmir Reader that Pakistan has invited 50 pro-freedom leaders.
He said Hurriyat (G) leaders will participate in the event.
Asked if their participation will result in any controversy, Akbar said “there is not any such possibility as it is just an invitation”.
“Still, if India tries to score political points over the issue, it would be unfortunate. Such undiplomatic behaviour is no more acceptable in a democratic world,” he said, adding, “Geelani Sahib and many others will participate in the function.”
A spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Shahid-ul-Islam, said Pakistan has invited the conglomerate and it will attend the event. He said the cancellation of last year’s foreign secretary talks “was a different issue”.
“This is purely a national day invitation and I don’t this should hit the hornet’s nest,” he said.
Pakistan’s invitation to Kashmiri pro-freedom leadership to ‘Pakistan Day’ function at its New Delhi embassy on March 23 “will not affect the Indo-Pak relations”, the Hurriyat Conference said.
The invitation has come amid SAARC Summit which is going on in Nepal. India and Pakistan are also scheduled to participate in a two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC on March 31.
Last year, India cancelled the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan after the latter met Hurriyat leadership in advance.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) said it has “not received invitation yet”.
“As routine, invitation will come, but we haven’t received hitherto. So, it wouldn’t be appropriate to talk on the issue,” JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said.
Among the leaders invited by Pakistan are Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, and Aga Syed Hassan.