Pakistan envoy meeting separatist leaders not right: Atul Anjan

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:37

New Delhi: Communist Party of India leader Atul Anjan has said that Pakistan did not do the right thing by meeting separatist leaders ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries.

According to him, the government should have set a condition on Pakistan prior to the proposed talks that they would not take place if Islamabad interfered in India`s internal affairs.

Anjan said. "This is neither a strict message nor a strict step. The secretary-level talks between the two countries would have helped to break the ice."
He said, "Pakistan meeting the separatist leaders, and India knowing that such a thing might happen, should have put the condition before hand that talks would stall if such things happen."

He also said that when government-level talks are going on between the two countries, it is not right for one country to indulge in talks with separatists.

He further said, "Had the Indian Government done this with serious thought, then it would have been successful, but it was busy in its internal matters."
"Prime Minister met Nawaz Sharif during his swearing ceremony and they spoke for a long time, country wants to know what they discussed," he added.

India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan on Monday soon after Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

The foreign secretary-level talks were scheduled to be held on August 25 in Islamabad.


First Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:37

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