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India calls off Indio-Pak talks in wake of Pakistan’s invitation to pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders

August 18, 2014 | By

New Delhi, India (August 18, 2014): Pakistan government’s decision to invite pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders for a meeting ahead of 25 August Foreign Secretary level meeting between India and Pakistan has triggered major controversy in India. Opposition Congress party was taking dig at the Narendra Modi government for continuing talks despite Pakistan’s invitation to Kashmir leaders.

An Indian border guard stands near Indian and Pakistani flags during a fair in Chamliyal in the northern Indian state of Jammu and KashmirThe day of political heatwave in India ended with India calling off Foreign Secretary Level talks with Pakistan citing Pak envoy’s invitation to Kashmir pro-freedom leaders.

As per media reports shortly after Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) leader, Shabir Ahmad Shah met Pakistan envoy, Abdul Basit in New Delhi, India announced the cancellation of talks at Foreign Secretary Level with Pakistan.

The Indian Foreign Secretary conveyed to Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi that her talks with Pakistan counterpart on August 25 in Islamabad stands cancelled.

The Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, who was supposed to meet her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhury on August 25, had warned the envoy that “he can either have dialogue with India or separatists,” reports said.

The Indian government reportedly had told Pakistan envoy that either talk to pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders or them.

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