Separatists get invite for Pak Day function

Hurriyat (G),JKLF In Waiting


Srinagar, Mar 17: Even as Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF headed by Yasin Malik have not received formal invitations for attending the ‘Pakistan Day’ function on March 23 in New Delhi, the Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would send a delegation to apprise the Pakistan High Commissioner about situation that has emerged after the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru in Kashmir. The separatist leaders have decided to urge Pakistan to redouble its efforts towards settlement of the Kashmir issue.
 Almost all members of the Hurriyat (M) have received the invitation from Pakistan High Commissioner for attending the ‘Pakistan Day.’ However, this time around, the separatists have been invited on March 22 instead of March 23 in New Delhi.
 Sources said the Pakistan HC would host dinner for the guests, including separatist leaders from the Valley, on March 22. However, the Hurriyat (M) leaders have decided to skip the banquet following the “spurt in human rights violation in the Valley.”
 Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone, Mirwaiz, who is currently under house arrest, said it seems difficult for him to visit New Delhi at this juncture as situation is fragile in Kashmir. “I would prefer to stay with the people. We will be sending a delegation to New Delhi to attend the Pakistan day function,” he said.
 The Mirwaiz said during the meeting between Hurriyat delegation and the Pakistan High Commissioner on the sidelines of the function, the members from the amalgam would apprise the Pakistan leaders about the fallout of the post-Afzal execution in Kashmir. “We will also urge the Pakistan High Commissioner to re-double the efforts towards Kashmir resolution. Our delegations will also brief Pakistan leadership about the spurt in the human rights violations in Kashmir,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman said. “The Hurriyat members will also thank the Pakistan leaders for passing a resolution against Afzal’s hanging in Pakistan Parliament.”
 Sources said the Hurriyat (M) delegation would be headed by Aga Syed Al Hassan.
 Surprisingly, the Hurriyat led by Geelani has not received the formal invite so far. “We haven’t received any invitation regarding Pakistan Day function in New Delhi,” Geelani said. “But I want to convey my message to the entire Pakistani leadership that it is high time to treat Kashmir as a core issue and to mobilize all channels within Pakistan and all other countries so that a pressure is build on India to hold plebiscite in Kashmir.”
 The aged leader said it is a testing time for Pakistan as “India has crossed all limits of committing atrocities in Kashmir. Forces are not just on the killing spree, but barging into the residential houses and beating women folk as well.”
 Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front led by Muhammad Yasin Malik hasn’t received the invitation as yet. “We haven’t received any invitation from Pakistan High Commissioner,” said a JKLF spokesman.
 However, JKLF (H) chairman Javaid Ahmed Mir has received the invitation. “I will go and cash in on the opportunity. I will try to meet the Pakistan High Commissioner separately and brief him about the prevailing situation in Kashmir. I will make a point that trade is not solution to the vexed Kashmir issue, but there is a need to show a more realistic approach on Kashmir by Pakistan,” Mir said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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