Srinagar: People Democratic party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that India’s response, terming a phone call between Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and separatist leader Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq as anti-national, has reduced the ties between the two countries to the lowest level.
Ms Mehbooba, who is the former chief minister in PDP-BJP coalition government in J&K, hitting out at the centre said, “A foreign policy dictated by the compulsions of electoral politics is shockingly pathetic.”
Meanwhile, National Panthers Party (NPP) Chief Patron Prof Bhim Singh expressed surprise on the reaction of India’s Foreign Ministry over telephone call between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and Mirwaiz.
“Terming a phone call between Pakistani FM & Mirwaiz Umar Farooq sahab as anti India has reduced ties to an unbelievable nadir,” Ms Mehbooba wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Referring to past engagements between Hurriyat Conference leaders and Pakistan government, she said ironically it was NDA under Vajpayee that facilitated meetings between Hurriyat leaders and Pakistani dignitaries. “Plus allowing them (Hurriyat leaders) to visit Pakistan to hold talks with the establishment including the then President General Musharraf,” she added.
The NPP Chief Patron in a statement said that telecommunication system between India and Pakistan has been operating under an organized system of international law.
Prof Singh also demanded an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the allegation that talk between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and Mirwaiz amounted to ‘officially abetting and encouraging individuals associated with terrorism and anti-India activities’.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday summoned Pakistan’s envoy Sohail Mahmood and told him that Mr Qureshi’s telephonic conversation with Mirwaiz was a ‘brazen attempt’ to subvert India’s unity and violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“The Pakistan High Commissioner was cautioned that persistence of such behaviour by Islamabad will have implications,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.