Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s refusal to attend an Eid Milan party hosted by the Pakistan High Commission in India is “an affront to Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts and will be a setback in the newly-opened talks with India”, a daily said on Thursday.
An editorial in The Nation rued that “when it comes to diplomacy over the issue of Kashmir, Pakistan just can’t seem to get it right”.
Pakistan has always maintained that their relationship with the Kashmir Hurriyat leaders has been a traditional one, where dialogue is encouraged. “This is regardless of India’s stance of keeping the Pakistan-India talks strictly ‘bilateral’. In this scenario, does the Hurriyat expect Pakistan to pause talks with India until the Kashmir issue is acknowledged?”