Pakistan engineered the assassination attempt, which was carried out by Hizbul Mujahideen, on separatist Fazal-ul-Qureshi in December 2009 to put brakes on New Delhi-Srinagar talks. Wikileaks cables suggest that Pakistan feared that if the talks would yield result then it would be left out of the 'mix'.
Wikileaks cables, December 2009, said senior leadership of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) told Poloff that they were discouraged by the recent turn of the events.
The talks between India and Pakistan, and subsequently with separatists, have not made much progress since the 2008 Mumbai attack.
"Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Syed Hassan said the attempted assassination of their moderate colleague Fazal-ul-Qureshi was intended to be a clear message to them of the perils faced by those that talk to the Government of India," reads the cable.