External Affairs

India Advises Pak Against Aziz Meeting Separatists

New Delhi: India today made it clear 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, saying it will not be “appropriate”.

In a clear 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.

“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, as decided in a meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif last month in Ufa in Russia

  • NARENDRA M APTE

    (1) It is better that NSA talks
    are deferred. No purpose will be served by convening talks which are unlikely to yield any positive results. But if Pakistan’s obsession with the Kashmir issue continues two countries will never come to a settlement. This is despite our Prime Minister’s view that it is only though dialogue that two countries can solve their mutual problems. Of course, here the difficulty is that what one country (Pakistan) considers an issue is not accepted as an issue by the other country (India). (2) The Kashmiri separatists have all along refused to recognize ground realities and that is why they will be in perennial crisis. They are demanding azadi but not knowing the price which all the citizens will have to pay. If Indian Army is not doing its duty as it is doing now, most of those who are dreaming of azadi will be eliminated by the terror groups, the very people the separatists are supporting
    in their fight for so-called azadi.