Protests outside Pakistani high commission as separatist leaders Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Shah Geelani meet envoy Abdul Basit.
Angered by the meeting, people protested outside the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi with some protesters being detained, according to reports. Clashes were also reported between the police and protesters outside the high commission. The protesters want the Pakistan high commissioner to be sent back.
Earlier today, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that Kashmir is an international issue and not an internal issue of India, IANS reported.
“First of all when they say Kashmir is an internal issue, it is against the reality. The issue of Jammu & Kashmir is an international issue and it should be solved,” Geelani, who is in Delhi to meet Pakistan’s high commissioner, told reporters at the airport.
“It is unfortunate that the Indian government has cancelled the (foreign secretary-level) talks,” he said.
“As long as promises made to us are not fulfilled, this issue will remain unsolved,” said Geelani.
“India does not want to resolve the issue … It is using force to suppress it,” he said.
Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the Indian government has overreacted.
“New Delhi overreacted on the issue … There has to be a peaceful, political resolution to the Kashmir issue,” Farooq told a news channel.
The Indian government on Monday called off the August 25 foreign secretary-level talks, calling Pakistan’s engagement with the Kashmiri separatists unacceptable.
India slammed it as a continued efforts to interfere in its internal affairs.
Congress flays govt over cancellation of India-Pak talks: PTI
Congress on Tuesday kept up the attack on NDA over cancellation of Indo-Pak talks even as the government and BJP said the neighbouring country cannot “walk with separatism and talk with Government of India” simultaneously.
Hitting out at the government, Congress leader Manish Tewari said it was in a “sonorous slumber” over the Pakistan issue.
He said the government has “completely walked itself into a corner” on the Pakistan policy and termed the talks between Hurriyat leaders and Pakistan a “ritual”, which the neighbouring country always follows before any interaction between the two nations.
“So they first agreed to talk to Pakistan, that also in Islamabad, notwithstanding all this background. The government was in sonorous slumber and when there was a protest, it woke up and indulged in a knee-jerk reaction.
“Now with the separatists challenging the government and the Pakistan high commissioner cocking a dare at the government that they are still going ahead with their proposed interactions, what does government of India do the next. What is the strategy of the government of India towards Pakistan,” Tewari asked.
Justifying the move, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The point is very simple. Either Pakistan should talk to the Government of India or they should talk to separatists. They chose to talk to the separatists first inspite of clearly being told that if this persistence is there, it will be difficult to pursue the dialogue.”
He rued that despite this having been made clear from the Indian side, “yet the Pakistani high commissioner called them. It was not fair. The point is simple. We have always said that you can change your friends but not your neighbours.
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Earlier, Pakistani flags were displayed at Lal Chowk which embarrassed the security agencies.
Pakistani flags at Lal Chowk embarrass security agencies.
By mail Today Reporter | New Delhi | 14 August 2013:: In a major embarrassment to police and security agencies, two Pakistani flags were placed on the iron fence of Pratab Park in Lal Chowk by some miscreants.
“Some unknown persons had placed the flags on the fence,” said a local police officer.
He said the incident should not be seen as any major breach of law and order.
“The flag was not hoisted as is being reported. It was placed on the fence of the park by some pedestrians,” he said.
Incidentally, the spot where the Pakistani flags were put up is under constant watch of police and security agencies. In fact, intelligence sleuths also keep an eye on the place.
Meanwhile, the army said it foiled an infiltration bid in north Kashmir’s Keran sector in the small hours on Wednesday. Two infiltrators were killed in the exchange of fire between the two sides.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday accepted the demand of Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu, and assured that within one month assessment of property damaged in the communal riots would be made and compensation will be disbursed to the victims.
After the assurance, the CCI withdrew its strike call and asked people to resume their businesses from Thursday.
Divisional commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu, said curfew was relaxed in all districts except Kishtwar on Wednesday. Read more here in Daily Mail.
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