April 2001 News

Geelani meets Pakistan High Commissioner

25 April 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: With the Hurriyat Conference scheduled to have a crucial meeting of its executive committee on Thursday on holding talks with the Centre, fire-brand Jamaat-e-Islamia leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday met Pakistan High Commissioner Qazi Ashraf Jehangir for an apparent consultation on response to the offer for unconditional talks. Geelani, who is also the former chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, met Jehangir at 'Pak house', residence of the High Commissioner this morning and held talks on the Kashmir issue. The Hurriyat Conference spokesman here confirmed the meeting and said 'It was only a courtesy call as the Pakistan High Commissioner had visited Geelani last night for offering condolence on his daughter's death.' The spokesman refused to give any further details of the meeting between Jehangir and Geelani. However, the meeting assumes significance in view of the executive committee meeting of Hurriyat Conference slated for tomorrow in Srinagar to take a formal decision on the Centre's offer for unconditional talks. Geelani, who arrived in the capital last evening, has not come out in the open on the talks offer but sources close to him said that he was against any parleys without the participation of Pakistan. The senior Jamaat leader is also to participate in the silver jubilee session of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).


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