March15 :Asserting that there was nothing ‘surprising’ in Pakistan High Commission inviting separatist leaders for ‘Pakistan Day’ celebrations, National Conference (NC) leader Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday said that such meetings would go on till the Hurriyat exists as Islamabad considers them representatives of the state.
“This inviting of separatists from Kashmir to Delhi by the Pakistan High Commissioner for Pakistan Day has been happening every year, there is nothing surprising in it. Regarding the talks between the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries, which were to take place an year back, were postponed because a day earlier the Pakistan High Commission thought it would be prudent to call the separatists, making it appear that they were consulting them before going into the talks. New Delhi rightly objected to it as it sent a very wrong signal,” Kamal told
“But this is a routine affair and will go on as long as the Hurriyat is there. Pakistan has already made it clear that Umar Farooq faction of the Hurriyat is the representatives of J and K,”he added.