Pak invites Kashmiri separatists for talks ahead of NSA meet


Srinagar: The Pakistan High Commission has invited Kashmiri separatist leaders for consultations with Sartaj Aziz ahead of the National Security Advisor-level talks with India in New Delhi next week.The Pakistan High Commission extended the invitation to the separatist leaders including chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference yesterday. Spokesman of the Geelani-led faction Ayaz Akbar told PTI that "Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was invited for the talks with Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz. A decision on whether to accept the invitation will be taken at a meeting of the Hurriyat Conference."

Akbar said the stand taken by Pakistan was welcome as "they have asserted that there will be no dialogue with India without inclusion of Kashmir issue".The moderate faction headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has also been invited to meet Aziz during his visit to India for talks with National Security Advisor A K Doval."We are meeting today to take a decision on the issue," a spokesman of the Mirwaiz-led faction said.Sources in the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat said the meeting today was a formality as "We believe in dialogue as a solution for the Kashmir issue".