New Delhi, July 21: Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq once again broke ranks with his hardline separatist colleague Syed Ali Geelani by attending the Eid Milan party hosted by Pakistan Envoy Abdul Basit here on Tuesday.
According to his aide, he expressed reservations to the Pakistani side over leaving out the Kashmir issue in the joint statement after the meeting of Indian and Pakistani prime ministers in Russia recently.
“Mirwaiz expressed the reservations of the people of Kashmir over the recent joint statement by the Indian and Pakistan prime ministers in which the Kashmir problem was not even spoken about,” said his political secretary Shahid-ul-Islam said
Last week when the Pakistan envoy sent the official invitation for the Eid Milan party, Geelani immediately turned down the invitation, protesting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s silence for not mentioning Kashmir issue during the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ufa.
His stand was was soon seconded by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik and woman separatist lader Asiya Andrabi, who declined the invitation on the same grounds.
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