Govt says it’s okay with Hurriyat talking to Pakistan


NEW DELHI: India has quietly dumped its most controversial “red line” with Pakistan. Two years after imposing a policy whereby Pakistani officials meeting Hurriyat leaders was a distinct “no-no”, India has officially walked back from this position, as it has become increasingly untenable.
In a written answer to Parliament last week, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh had stated, “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.”