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Nawaz Sharif invites Kashmiri separatist leader Geelani to Pakistan

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:42 IST

Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan has extended an invite Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani to visit his country.

"Geelani was handed the invitation letter from Sharif by Pakistan high commissioner in India Abdul Basit over a dinner at the latter's residence at Tilak Marg in Delhi on 9 October night," a spokesman of the Geelani-led Hurriyat said.

The spokesman said Sharif termed the Kashmir issue as the unfinished agenda of the creation of Pakistan and contended that friendly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad without resolving Kashmir would be nothing but "self deceit".

"In the letter, Sharif has said Kashmir is not a border dispute but concerns 'right to self-determination' of two crore people. He also said Pakistan has made it clear to India that there can be no progress on bilateral ties while ignoring Kashmir issue," the spokesman claimed.

Sharif also said that the national security adviser-level talks between the two countries could not take place as "India was not ready to talk Kashmir issue".

"We want good relations with all our neighbours including India but New Delhi's unrealistic approach has been a big impediment," the spokesman quoted the Pakistan prime minister having said in the letter.

The spokesman said Geelani has in principle accepted the invitation to visit Pakistan. He, however, did not give specific date of travel.


First published: 11 October 2015, 2:00 IST