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QUESTION NO 499 PAKISTAN’S HIGH COMMISSIONER MEETING SEPARATIST LEADERS OF KASHMIR

April 28, 2016

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 499
TO BE ANSWERED ON 28.04.2016

PAKISTAN’S HIGH COMMISSIONER MEETING SEPARATIST LEADERS OF KASHMIR

499. SHRI PAUL MANOJ PANDIAN:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that despite India’s objection, Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi met separatist leaders on Pakistan Day, if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether it is also a fact that Pakistan has been taking plea that it looks at the separatists leaders as genuine representatives of Kashmir; and

(c) whether Government has lodged its complaint with Pakistan for continuously hosting separatists leaders?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)])


(a) to (c) Government is aware of reports regarding presence of ‘leaders’ of the Hurriyat and other Kashmiri separatist ‘leaders’ at the Pakistan High Commission on Pakistan’s National Day.

Since the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the Union of India and these so called Kashmiri ‘leaders’ are Indian citizens, there is no bar on their meetings with representatives of any country in India. However, India has consistently maintained that there is no role for a third party in the bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan as per the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. India’s displeasure at Pakistan’s attempts to interfere in India’s internal affairs has been repeatedly conveyed to Pakistan.

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