Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday admitted to meeting senior Pakistani politicians during his European trip but denied the reports of meeting Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Shuja Pasha.
"This is all speculative journalism and pure conjecture. I was in Europe and supposedly Pasha was there too, the two have been connected to sensationalize and take focus away from the real issue," said Mirwaiz, who went to Europe’s Burssel in the first week of May to address a Kashmir conference.
During the conference, Mirwaiz met a number of Pakistani leaders, which included former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, chairman Kashmir Parliamentary Committee Moulana Fazlur Rehman, former information minister and senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sherry Rehman and Nawaz Sharief’s Muslim League general secetray Ehsan Iqbal.
"I had no meeting with any ISI official," said Mirwaiz in response to the media reports of him meeting the ISI chief.
"The idea is to malign the Hurriyat leadership and create an image of them among the people of India to further the government and the media created conceptions of seeing the Kashmir issue always though the Pakistani prism," retorted Mirwaiz when enquired about the meeting.
He also denied the reports of him visiting Geneva to meet ISI officials.