May 2000 News

Benazir calls up Hurriyat to find ‘pace’

22 May 2000
Asian Age

Srinagar: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto telephoned Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani from London on Saturday to find out the “pace of its struggle for freedom,” the amalgam sources said. Sources said that Ms Benazir welcomed the release of Mr Geelani and his colleagues from Indian prisons and conveyed her sympathy to those “fighting for the cause and in turn bearing the brunt.” She assured the Kashmiri leader her support and that of her Peoples’ Party, a Hurriyat Conference spokesman here said. The spokesman said that the former Pakistani Prime Minister was concerned over the Indian government’s impounding passports of the Hurriyat Conference leaders and described the move as “deliberate, unjustified and sad” as that has disrupted the communications between them and the rest of the world. She was also of the view that the amalgam leadership must have personal contact with the outside world and added that the issuance of travel document to them was the need of the hour.


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