SRINAGAR: Acting Pakistan high commissioner to India, Babar Amin, has invited various Kashmiri separatist leaders for a meeting in New Delhi on July 3, 2012.
The meeting of Pakistan High Commission officials with the separatist leaders has gained significance in the wake of secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled to be held early next month. India’s foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai will hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani in New Delhi on July 4, 5 to discuss peace and security, including CBMs, Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges.
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq confirmed that he had received an invitation from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. “I have been invited for consultations on July 3 at 5pm by the Pakistan foreign office,” Mirwaiz said.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and prominent separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah have also received the invitation, sources said. However, chairman of another faction of Hurriyat conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani will seek the advice of the advisory committee to take a call on the invitation.
Geelani’s spokesman, Aiyaz Akbar told the TOI that Geelani had also received an invitation from the Pakistan High Commission but he chose to seek the advice of the advisory council of the Hurriyat on whether to meet the high commission officials or not.