Pakistan quietly builds bridges with Hurriyat leader Geelani

New Delhi/Srinagar: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit had a guest from Kashmir earlier this week -hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani ‘s son-in-law Altaf Shah – in what is being seen as an effort at rebuilding bridges after the senior separatist leader decided against attending the Eid Milan at the Pakistan High Commission last month.

Shah, who is married to Geelani’s second daughter and is a businessman, spent around half an hour at the Pakistan High Commission on Thursday late afternoon, knowledgeable sources told Media Sources.

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Shah, in his 50s, is known to be close to his father in law. He said he had discussed some “personal issues” with Basit, and declined to elaborate.

However, the meeting holds significance, as Geelani’s rebuff to the Pakistani invite for the July 21 Eid Milan was viewed as a “setback” to Islamabad’s efforts to get all the separatists together.

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