After Mirwaiz, Qureshi rings up Geelani to discuss Kashmir issue

After Mirwaiz, Qureshi rings up Geelani to discuss Kashmir issue
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Srinagar, Jan 3: Days after his telephonic conversation with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq created a diplomatic row, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi rang up Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and discussed the Kashmir human rights abuses, a media report said on Sunday.
The report said Qureshi and Geelani had an “in-depth discussion” on the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the “gross human rights violations” in Kashmir.
Last week, Qureshi and Mirwaiz had a tele-conversation in which the former briefed the Hurriyat (M) chairman about the Pakistan’s efforts to highlight rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.
Qureshi had also invited Mirwaiz to the UK Parliament where Kashmir human rights abuses are being discussed on Kashmir Soliditary Day in a seminar.
The phone conversations between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and Hurriyat leaders are unusual, and New Delhi had earlier summoned Pakistan’s envoy over what it called “direct interference” in India’s internal affairs.
While there was no official response to the phone conversation, India had warned Pakistan of “implications” if they did not desist from such actions.
This had been conveyed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood Wednesday night, after Qureshi’s phone conversation with Mirwaiz Tuesday.
In tit-for-tat, Pakistan had then summoned India envoy in Islamabad to protest the summoning of Pakistan’s envoy in New Delhi.