New Delhi: Are the diplomatic talks between India and Pakistan a healthy exercise or mere hypocrisy? The million dollar question that emerges before every diplomatic talks stand valid in today’s context too as the Foreign Secretaries of both the countries are scheduled to hold two-day bilateral talks starting Wednesday .

In the shadow of recent crucial incidences including the arrest of Abu Jundal, key handler of 26/11 attack and the Sarabjit-Surjeet goof up, the Indo-Pak talks emerge more crucial.

But Pakistan that leaves no opportunity to provoke India has one again proved of crossing lines by holding talks with Separatist leaders before holding any meeting with any Indian government official.

Q. Is this a correct gesture at diplomatic level?

Upon arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani, who mouthed the usual message of “goodwill, peace and prosperity between both the countries, met Kashmir Separatist leaders.

Q. Is this not Pakistan’s interference in India’s internal affairs?

The Pakistani diplomat who was in India to develop ties between both the countries by addressing serious issues from the recent Abu Jundal to the age-old Kashmir issue, seemed to have poked his finger in India’s internal affairs by discussing Kashmir issue with the Separatist leaders and not with the New Delhi.

Q. Jilani-Separatist leaders meet ended with fuelling the Kashmir dispute?

Tuesday’s meeting of the Pakistan Foreign Secretary and the Separatist leaders have ended up with reigniting the Kashmir issue with the separatists divided on the dialogue process between India and Pakistan and moderates terming it as necessary for building "mutual trust" while hardliners dubbing it as a "futile exercise".

Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said "We support the dialogue process as building mutual trust was important.

"However, one important aspect of involvement of Kashmiris in the talks on Kashmir issue was still missing and it should be addressed at the earliest", Mirwaiz said.

Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said these talks should be stopped  immediately until India agrees to treat Kashmir as a disputed area

"Pakistan should press India hard to resolve the Kashmir issue," Geelani told reporters after the meeting.

He said it was the responsibility of Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue and stressed that the talks between India and Pakistan cannot succeed unless this core issue is resolved.

He also accused India of depriving the residents of Jammu and Kashmir of civil liberties and accused it of state terrorism.

Amid this flip-flop, the question making round is that whether the closeness of the Kashmiri Separatists with Pakistan will result in resolving their age-old issues or certify the demise of their so-called azadi dream.

Sonakshi Kishore/JPN

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