SRINAGAR: Indian government has directed the security agencies to arrest separatist Hurriyat Conference leaders if they attempt to come to Delhi or any Pakistani official visits them, Indian media reported.
Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been placed under house arrest again in the wake of Friday prayers. Besides Geelani, Shabbir Shah was also held under detention.
Sartaj Aziz will visit India on August 23 to hold NSA-level talks.
Though, plane tickets have been booked for the officials by Pakistan, the country seems not in the mood to yield to India’s condition to not meet Kashmir separatists.
“Sartaj Aziz will visit India, all bookings done, but Pakistan is not coming, accepting any condition by India. Talks with Hurriyat leaders will happen as per invite before meet, no question of going back on it.
It is India which is running away from talks since 16th August, 2015 Pakistan had been requesting India for protocol and procedural details but so far, no response received,” Pakistan government source said.
“We will not take “dictation” from India. The (Indo-Pak) talks cannot be based on conditional diplomacy,” Pakistan government sources told Indian news agency.
India on Friday made it clear to Pakistan that it should not go ahead with the meeting of its NSA Sartaz Aziz with Hurriyat representatives here when he comes to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, saying it will not be “appropriate”.