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Pak would continue to give support to Kashmir: Zardari to Mirwaiz

india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 18:51 IST
Arun Joshi

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday had a meeting with Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari in New York and apprised him of the ground situation in Kashmir and the need to resolve the issue through a dialogue.

The Mirwaiz told Hindustan Times via e-mail that the meeting lasted for 45 minutes, during which Zardari assured him that Pakistan would continue to give "political, diplomatic and moral support" to the people of Kashmir.

APHC who is on a visit of the United States, had meeting with Pakistani leaders on the sidelines of the OIC Foreign Ministers' meet. He had met Pakistan 's Foreign Minister Shah Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday, who invited him to visit Pakistan to have discussions on the Kashmir.

Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and United States ambassador accompanied Zardari to the U S, Hussein Haqqani, and Islamabad's envoy to India Shahid Malik.

As per Mirwaiz's claim in the e-mail, Zardari assured him that there was no question of Pakistan putting the Kashmir issue on back burner.

The APHC leader informed Pakistani leaders about the human rights violations and detentions of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that he would visit Pakistan only after returning to Srinagar and sharing details of his deliberations with OIC leaders and in particular that of Pakistan with his colleagues.

" We want to have a dialogue on the pattern of Srinagar- Delhi, Srinagar-Islamabad and Delhi - Islamabad," he said.