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Pak foreign minister calls Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq; India calls it 'regressive step'

Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 29, 2019, 08.27 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Provoking India yet again, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday had a telephonic conversation with Pakistan-backed-separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads All Parties Hurriyat Conference in the Valley.

The development comes even as Pakistan on one side has been claiming it wants peace with India through the opening of Kartarpur corridor while on the other hand harassing Indian diplomats and killing Indian fisherman.

Reacting to the development, top sources while speaking to WION said, "such an attempt by the Pakistan foreign minister is a regressive step and is contrary to the overall perception which Pakistan leadership is trying to create. It reflects duplicity in Pakistan leadership's approach."

The action by the Pakistan foreign minister Qureshi also shows divergence in Pakistani leadership with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan talking peace while foreign minister coming out with a "googly" comment soon after the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartapur corridor on Pakistani side in November last year.

Sources said, "Media antics of its leadership cannot divert attention from the fact that Pakistan's establishment hands are stained with the blood of innocent Indians, including in J&K and in territory under its illegal occupation."

Earlier this month Pakistan PM Imran Khan had said,"we are trying to have a dialogue. Trying to move towards friendly a relationship with India." But the developments of Tuesday can create an adverse situation. 

This comes even as India has been raising the issue of terror emanating from Pakistan, something that has been a cause of worry for Afghanistan also.

Story highlights

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday had a telephonic conversation with Pakistan-backed-separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq