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Pak tried to kill moderate separatist: WikiLeaks

Pakistan tried to scuttle peace talks on Kashmir by engineering the attempt on moderate separatist Fazal-ul-Qureshi’s life in December 2009, according to WikiLeaks cables, Tarun Upadhyay reports.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2013 02:43 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

Pakistan tried to scuttle peace talks on Kashmir by engineering the attempt on moderate separatist Fazal-ul-Qureshi’s life in December 2009, according to WikiLeaks cables, adding that Hizbul Mujahideen was the acting as Pakistan’s hatchet.

“Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Syed Hassan (all separatists) 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 (GOI),” the cable read.

WikiLeaks cables said the Hurriyat leaders had become dispirited by the turn of the events and had admitted they had lost some political ground because of the campaign that had questioned their “quiet” talks, with a warning against cutting “secret deals and selling themselves to the government”.

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Qureshi, head of the People’s Political Front (a constituent of the All Party Hurriyat Conference, a separatist outfit), was shot at on December 4, 2009.

Qureshi, who was a proponent of “armed struggle” and a founder member of the Hurriyat in 1992, later advocated dialogue with New Delhi.