New Delhi: India advised Pakistan yesterday that it would not be appropriate for Mr. Sartaj Aziz to meet with Hurriyat representatives during his visit to India as it would not be in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Ufa understanding to jointly work to combat terrorism.
The official spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in response to a question today that India has also sought confirmation of the understanding of the agenda for the NSA-level talks that was conveyed to the Pakistani side on 18 August 2015.
At an official press briefing yesterday, when a journalist asked what made Pakistan suddenly consult the separatist Hurriyat leaders and invite them to the High Commission in New Delhi before the meeting of Pakistan-India NSAs, the official spokesperson of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Inviting Kashmiri leaders for meetings and participation in various events hosted by our High Commission is a long standing practice. Such meetings normally take place before talks between the senior officials of the two countries on various issues are held in Pakistan or India. It is in this context that Kashmiri leaders have been invited by our High Commissioner to attend a reception at the High Commission on 23rd August 2015. The reception is being hosted in the honour of our Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs and members of his delegation. ”
The Spokesperson said in response to a linked query that Pakistan expects India to allow the Kashmiri separatist leaders to meet the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs.