Shabir Shah detained at Delhi airport

01:34 PM, New Delhi: Separatist leader Shabir Shah said on Saturday that he was detained by the police when he reached the airport here on a flight from Srinagar.

Shah told Media Sources: “I have been detained. I have been taken to the guest house where I was originally scheduled to stay.”

Shah is scheduled to attend the reception party of Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Sunday and he was the first separatist leader to reach Delhi.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police had earlier arrested all Hurriyat leaders including Shah, but later they were released after a few hours.

Other leaders among the separatists including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Yasin Malik are also supposed to visit here to meet Aziz.


11:20 AM: Shabir Shah leaves for Delhi for NSA meet

Srinagar: India and Pakistan talks must go on, said Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Shabir Shah on Saturday as he left for Delhi to attend Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz’s reception party on Sunday.

While leaving for the airport from his Hyderpora residence here, the Hurriyat Conference leader told the media: “The talks must go on to subside the pressure on both sides of the Line of Control.”

Shabir Shah
Senior Hurriyat Leader and Chairman Democratic Freedom Party, Shabir Shah, leaving from his residence for Delhi to attend a meeting with Pakistan NSA.

He brushed aside the furore over his meeting with Aziz ahead of the NSA talks between India and Pakistan, and said: “We have been meeting them (Pakistan leaders) since 25 years, even during the NDA and UPA rule.”

Shah and other Hurriyat Conference leaders of Kashmir have been invited by the Pakistan envoy in New Delhi, Abdul Basit, for Aziz’s reception party.

However, Syed Ali Shah Geelani is scheduled to have a one-on-one conversation with the NSA on Monday morning.

Leaders of Hurriyat’s both factions, headed by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as well as other separatist leaders Yasin Malik and Naeem Khan have been invited to the reception party.

Aziz is likely to meet his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval during his Delhi visit.

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