House arrest of Hurriyat leaders end in Srinagar

Three Hurriyat leaders released after they remained under house arrest on eve of meeting with Pakistan’s National Security Adviser, Sartaj Aziz

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Three Hurriyat leaders were freed by authorities in Srinagar on Thursday shortly after they were put under house arrest ahead of the meeting with Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz.   

Thursday morning, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani along with leaders of the moderate faction Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq remained under the house arrest for two hours.   

The house arrest just came on the eve of the meeting which will take place at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on Aug. 23 with the participation of Aziz and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

Pakistan’s expectations sided with a problem-free meeting, it hopes Indian government does not make any effort to prevent APHC leaders meeting during Aziz’s visit to India from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2015.

Following the release of the leaders , Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah confirmed that the Hurriyat leaders will meet with Sartaj Aziz.

“National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz will meet the Hurriyat conference leaders in New Delhi as consultations with them are a routine matter,” Khalilullah told a news briefing in Islamabad.

"There is nothing unusual in such meetings and it has been normal practice for Pakistan to consult Hurriyat leaders prior to high level meeting with India," he added.

He also pointed that Kashmir issue is on the agenda of the talks in New Delhi on Aug. 23.

Aziz also said that his visit to New Delhi shouldn't regard as a breakthrough in terms of composite dialogue and all the issues, it can evaluate more an ice breaking on some issues.

He also underlined that both sides should not lose their hopes about the meeting due to it will provide a ground to hold "more comprehensive dialogue on the other issues between the two countries.”

The decision of holding a meeting was given initially by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in July at their talks in Russia during a Shanghai Cooperation Organiztion (SCO) submit. 

Sides had agreed on the necessity of the meeting with the participation of the National Security Advisers (NSAs) to “discuss all issues connected to terrorism.”

TRTWorld and agencies