Omar appreciates govt's move to permit Hurriyat-Pakistan talks

| Monday, May 2, 2016 - 17:10
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Omar comments on govt's decision to permit Hurriyat-Pak talks

Omar comments on govt's decision to permit Hurriyat-Pak talks

Srinagar: In August 2014, the NDA govt. had cancelled the foreign secretary level talks with Islamabad over Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit's meeting with the Hurriyat leaders prior to the talks.
Seems like, India has quietly dumped its most controversial "red line" with Pakistan. 2 years after imposing a policy whereby Pakistani officials meeting Hurriyat leaders was a distinct "no-no", India has officially reneged on its position, as it has become increasingly untenable.
Since the Agra summit in 2001, Pakistani leaders and senior officials have been meeting Hurriyat leaders regularly without the government throwing a fit. But a thaw was discernible after the Bangkok meetings between NSAs, which has started a new channel of quiet communication on security and terrorism between Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua.
Incidentally, The Pakistan Day celebrations this year saw a full complement of Hurriyat leaders in attendance, while the high commissioner, Abdul Basit, has even met Asiya Andrabi of Duktaran-e-Millat in April, without attracting criticism from the government.
Former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday welcomed the move and said it is good the ruling dispensation has finally realised its mistake.
(With ANI inputs)

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