Pak FM Qureshi calls Geelani, discusses Kashmir situation

Srinagar

Four days after speaking to All Parties Hurriyat (M) Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday dialled Hurriyat (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir, The Sunday Express reported.

According to report the phone conversations between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and Hurriyat leaders are unusual, and Delhi had earlier summoned Pakistan’s envoy over what it called “direct interference” in India’s internal affairs.

The report quoted sources as having said Qureshi and Geelani had an “in-depth discussion” on the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the “gross human rights violations” in Kashmir.

“While there was no official response to the phone conversation, India had warned Pakistan of “implications” if they did not desist from such actions. This had been conveyed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood Wednesday night, after Qureshi’s phone conversation with Mirwaiz Tuesday. After Mirwaiz, Pak Foreign Minister dials Hurriyat leader Geelani, Pakistan minister to directly dial Hurriyat leaders,” the report said.

South Block sources told The Indian Express Saturday that the government will respond Sunday after the details are ascertained.

The report quoted MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as having said that this was a brazen attempt by Pakistan to subvert India’s unity and to violate “our sovereignty and territorial integrity, by none other than the Pakistan Foreign Minister”.

“The Pakistan Foreign Minister’s actions are tantamount to direct interference in the internal affairs of its neighbour. Foreign Secretary underscored that by this action, Pakistan has confirmed yet again that it officially abets and encourages individuals associated with terrorism and anti-India activities,” the report quoted the MEA spokesperson as saying.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat conference (g) in a statement issued here said on Saturday evening at 8:35 pm, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi calls Syed Ali Geelani on phone and discussed the current volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Thanking Pakistan for its moral, political and diplomatic support to our just cause and struggle since 1947, Geelani said that we pray to Almighty Allah for peace, strength, stability, progress and prosperity of Pakistan for a strong and stable Pakistan is very important for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute,” said the statement.

The statement said that Geelani expressed his hope that the new government shall leave no stone unturned to safeguard the basic and fundamental rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Geelani asked Pakistan to take cognizance of deteriorating human values and prevailing bloodshed in state and urged them to activate its embassies all over the world and appraise world about this issue and people facing the atrocities from occupational forces,” said the statement.

He also expressed hope that if Pakistan makes its sincere efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue in international level the world leaders will play a positive role regarding the settlement of this long pending dispute in accordance to the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state.

Hurriyat chairman in conversation with Foreign Minister of Pakistan said that the repressive measures adopted by the Indian Government in Kashmir, had compelled the people of Kashmir to resist through peaceful means.

He said that authorities in the state have crossed all limits, people and leadership is caged and voices strangulated, hence it is the duty of Pakistan to represent our aspiration, in every corner and in all world forums.

The statement said Geelani in his appeal to the people of Pakistan asked to maintain peace and work for the prosperity of the nation and serve and respect minorities in that country. He stressed for the cordial relation between Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran and said that best relation between these countries will lead the region to overall stability, peace, development, and progress.

In his response, Pakistan Foreign Minister assured Geelani that Pakistan will raise a strong voice to highlight Indian aggression and brutalities being perpetrated against the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan will continue to extend its political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions,” the statement quoted Shah Mehmood Qureshi as having said.

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