ISLAMABAD: The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani, along with a delegation met the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi, Abdul Basit, and apprised him of the present situation in occupied Kashmir.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Ali Gilani in a media interview after the meeting said that he informed Abdul Basit that the Kashmiris would not accept out of box solution to the Kashmir dispute and settle for nothing less than freedom.
“I told the Pakistan High Commissioner that Kashmir is not a border dispute between India and Pakistan but concerns respect, identity and future of 13 million people,” he said.
“I told Abdul Basit that Pakistan must keep the Kashmir issue on its top agenda during talks with India and press for inclusion of the Kashmiris as prime party to the dispute.
He assured that Pakistan will continue to provide moral, diplomatic and political support to the cause of Kashmiri people,” he said.
The veteran leader said that during the meeting he told the Pakistan High Commissioner that he would not hold any dialogue with New Delhi unless it accepted the proposals put forth by his forum in 2010.
“If India accepts Kashmir as a dispute, withdraws troops from Kashmir, releases all political prisoners and revokes black laws, I am ready to hold talks with it.
However, the talks must be held within the ambit of right to self-determination guaranteed by the United Nations through its resolutions to which India is a signatory,” he stated.
The spokesman of Syed Ali Gilani’s forum in a statement issued after the meeting said that the veteran leader hailed Pakistan for its continued support to the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation movement.
He said that Syed Ali Gilani informed the envoy that the pro-India ruling party, People’s Democratic Party, was not people’s representative but it cashed the anti-BJP sentiment for votes during sham polls in the Held Kashmir Valley.