After Mirwaiz, Qureshi telephones Geelani; discusses Kashmir issue

After Mirwaiz, Qureshi telephones Geelani; discusses Kashmir issue
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Islamabad: In yet another provocative move, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and discussed the Kashmir issue, the Foreign Office said here on Sunday, days after he made a similar phone call to a separatist leader that angered India.

The Foreign Office in a statement said that Qureshi and Geelani discussed about an international conference to be held in London to “express solidarity with the Kashmiri people”.

“Foreign Minister Quresh I spoke to the senior leadership of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference on telephone before his departure for London to attend international activities to be held there in connection with the Kashmir Day, the statement said.

Qureshi on Tuesday telephoned Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and discussed with him Islamabad’s efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue.

India Wednesday summoned Pakistan envoy Sohail Mahmood and categorically told him that Qureshi’s telephonic conversation with Mirwaiz was a “brazen attempt” to subvert India’s unity and violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

India said that Qureshi’s telephonic conversation with a separatist leader reflected the duplicity in Pakistani leadership’s approach on ties with India.

The Pakistan Foreign Office on Sunday said Qureshi exchanged views with Geelani about the programmes to be held in London.

The foreign minister will speak at the International Kashmir Conference at the British Parliament on Monday. On Tuesday he will also attend the exhibition at the Park Lane in connection with the Kashmir Day, it said.