When asked about his meeting with Kashmiri separatists, Basit said, "This has been a long standing practice, have nothing more to add to this. We believe that Kashmiris are legitimate stakeholders in the peace process," as reported by TOI.
Basit also claimed that India violated cease fire for 57 times in last one year!
Meanwhile, the envoy also informed that no meeting has been finalised between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York next month.
On Tuesday, Basit met Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and then moderate leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. After this, India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the issue.
Geelani met the Pak envoy for two-and-half hours at the Pakistan high commission, and later Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Mohammad Yasin Malik and the Mirwaiz also met Basit.
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