NEW DELHI: The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi was stormed by hardline Hindu extremists when Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani reached there, on Tuesday.
Shouting slogans like “Vande Mataram” and “Bharat mata ki jai”, the extremist Hindus were demonstrating against Geelani and other Kashmiri leaders. They were later led away and detained by Indian police. Geelani has held a meeting with Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit, a move that has led India to cancel the upcoming foreign secretary-level talks in Islamabad.
Police tightened the security at the Pakistan High Commission. Delhi Police detained some protesters as they attempted to break the security barricades. Geelani is in Delhi to meet Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik is scheduled to meet him today (Wednesday). Geelani met Pakistan envoy amidst protests outside the embassy. India had on Monday called off its foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, sending a strong message to the country after its envoy held an hour-long meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi despite a warning by India against it.
Pakistan said it was “disappointed”. “We are disappointed with this move. We want good relations with India and PM Sharif’s visit was first step in this direction. Bilateral talks between two neighbours are important for solutions of all problems, including Kashmir. For us, foreign secretary-level talks are important for future engagement,” it said. The cancellation of the talks will be a major setback to the diplomatic process between the two neighbours.
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