Pak envoy meets Geelani, discusses India-Pak secretary level talks
Pakistan's envoy to India Abdul Basit on Monday called on hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence in Malviya Nagar in New Delhi.india Updated: Mar 10, 2015 01:22 IST
Pakistan's envoy to India Abdul Basit on Monday called on hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence in Malviya Nagar in New Delhi.
According to a Hurriyat spokesman in Srinagar, Ayaz Akbar, the meeting was not scheduled and was called by Basit.
"The Pakistani high commissioner had called Geelani Sahib on Sunday and told him that he will be dropping in,'' said Akbar.
Akbar said that the meeting lasted for more than one hour in which the Pakistani envoy discussed the secretary level dialogue between India and Pakistan with the separatist leader.
"The Pak envoy said that his country had forcefully raised the Kashmir issue in the meeting. He also assured that Pakistan's stand on Kashmir hasn't changed," the Hurriyat spokesman said.
"Geelani Sahib also thanked them for the political and diplomatic support," he added.
The Hurriyat spokesman said the PDP-BJP government was also discussed in the meeting.
"Geelani sahib reiterated that any government whether BJP-PDP or NC-Congress, it is the same. He however said that BJP has come with RSS agenda to Kashmir and will use government machinery for that," he added.
The meeting between Geelani and the envoy comes at a time when a huge row has erupted over the decision of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to release separatist Masrat Alam from prison.
First Published: Mar 09, 2015 19:20 IST