Kashmir participation must in India-Pakistan dialogue: Geelani

July 26th, 2011 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Kashmiri separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani met Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar here Tuesday evening, a day ahead of the meeting of the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers.

Hardline Hurriyat leader Geelani, who met Khar at the Pakistan High Commission office, said he had apprised the Pakistani foreign minister of the situation in Kashmir.

Coming out of the meeting, Geelani told reporters he had told Khar that without the participation of Kashmir in the dialogue, the Kashmir issue will never be resolved.

Asked how hopeful he was of the latest India-Pakistan talks, the Hurriyat leader said: “As long as the ground situation in Kashmir remains the same, there are no hopes that the issue will be resolved.”

He also termed as “unfair” the arrest in the US of suspected Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence operative and separatist Kashmiri leader Ghulam Nabi Fai. Geelani said Fai represented the voice of Kashmiris and “it is not illegal to speak for Kashmiris”.

Geelani led a two-member delegation to the talks.

The Mirwaiz also met Khar. Details of his talks were still not known.

The Hurriyat leaders flew in from Srinagar Tuesday morning.

Yasin Malik, chairman of the pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), who was also invited, has decided to skip the talks with Khar in Delhi as he had met her in Islamabad on Monday.

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