Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2015

India tells Pakistan: Invite to Kashmir separatists not appropriate

New Delhi: It official. The Indian government has once again reiterated its stated stand to Pakistan when on Friday it made clear afresh to Pakistan that it should not go ahead with the meeting of its NSA Sartaz Aziz with Hurriyat representatives here when he comes to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, stating that it will not be “appropriate” as it would amount to something against the spirit of the UFA agreement.

The two NSAs are scheduled to meet in New Delhi for talks on terrorism-related issues for the first time

The two NSAs are scheduled to meet in New Delhi for talks on terrorism-related issues for the first time

In an unambigious message to the Pakistan high commission, which has invited hardline Kashmir separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others separatists, India said such a meeting would not be in keeping with the spirit and intent of the understanding reached at UFA, Russia to jointly work to combat terrorism in the region.

“India has advised Pakistan yesterday that it would not be appropriate for Sartaz Aziz to meet with Hurriyat representatives in India,” spokesperson in the external affairs ministry Vikas Swarup said in a tweet.

He tweeted that India has sought confirmation of its proposed agenda for the NSA-level talks that was conveyed to the Pakistani side on August 18.

The two NSAs are scheduled to meet in New Delhi for talks on terrorism-related issues for the first time on August 23.

It may be recalled that the Modi government had called off foreign secretary talks last August on the pretext that the Pakistanis had “consulted” with the separatist group before the talks.

Since the `K’ word was missing from the joint statement signed in UFA between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan, it is amply clear that Pakistan is trying its best to get India to call off the talks.

In the light of the developments, India on Friday advised Pakistan that it would “not be appropriate” for Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz to meet with Hurriyat representatives in India.

“We have also sought confirmation of our proposed agenda for the NSA-level talks that was conveyed to the Pakistani side on 18 Aug 2015,” Swaroop further wrote.

Meanwhile, leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has expressed concern over “growing Indian aggression” against Pakistan and urged the government to effectively raise the issue at international forums, media reported on Friday.

He criticised the ministry of foreign affairs for its alleged failure to take up the issue of India’s continuing “interference” in Pakistan with the international community, Dawn online reported.

“Indian aggression along the country’s borders is on the rise day by day. Pakistan should ask the world to look at what India has been doing,” he said in a statement issued on Thursday.

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