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Pakistani Envoy Abdul Basit met Hurriyat Leader Geelani in Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Couple of days after Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to Pakistan, its envoy Abdul Basit today paid a visit to Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in what is likely to be considered as provocation by Islamabad.

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The meeting lasted for about half-an-hour the past afternoon at Mr Geelani’s dwelling in Delhi where they discussed the foreign secretary’s visit to Islamabad beside the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“I think, the objective of the meetings should be that some resolution must be sought to Kashmir. I reminded (Mr Basit) of the fact that the main issue is Kashmir and unless we come to a firm conclusion on this, circumstances won’t improve,” said Mr. Geelani.

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Earlier, Mr. Jaishankar’s visit to Islamabad last Tuesday was considered as a breakthrough after months of frost between talks. Mr. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Choudhary had taken ways into discussion to back to the drawing board the stalled dialogue process.

In that visit, Mr Jaishankar also paid visit to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to hand him the letter sent by PM Modi.

Meanwhile, India had postponed foreign secretary level talks in August last year over the Pakistani envoy’s meetings with separatists.

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