Syed Ali Shah Geelani of Hurriyat Conference on 14 July refused Pakistan High Commission’s invite for Id Milan celebrations on 21 July.
“I won’t go there for Pakistan had sidelined Jammu and Kashmir in the recent joint Indo-Pak statement,” said Geelani.
Defending, the Pakistan High Commission on 13 July issued a statement, saying, “There is nothing unusual about our invite to Hurriyat leaders. The hype being created by some is unfortunate.”
Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their struggle for self determination as provided in UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he added.
“We didn’t expect any breakthrough. It was a diplomatic compulsion for both the prime ministers,” Ayaz Akbar, spokesperson of the hardline Hurriyat.
Expressing disappointment over the joint statement by Indian and Pakistan premiers, Geelani said it has come as a “big disappointment” for us. “Our stand is clear; they (India and Pakistan) should concentrate on the core issue of Kashmir. Till that issue is addressed, such talks will be futile. They will be disappointing,” he had said.