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Umar Farooq meets Zardari in New York

Srinagar, Sun, 30 Sep 2012 ANI

Srinagar, Sept. 30 (Xinhua-ANI): Moderate separatist Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in New York, a Hurriyat (freedom) spokesman said Sunday.

The spokesman said that Farooq meet Zardari on Friday evening on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

"During the meeting President Zardari reiterated Pakistan's principled stand to continue extending political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir," said the statement issued by moderate separatist faction of Hurriyat Conference.

According to the spokesman, Farooq thanked the President of Pakistan for his support extended to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman and UN Ambassador Masood Khan were also present at the meeting.

Zaradri has raised Kashmir issue in his recent address to the UN.

"Kashmir remains a symbol of the failure, rather than strength, of the UN system," Zardari told the UN gathering.

The statement was strongly opposed by India.

The spokesman said Zardari has also repeated the Islamabad's invitation to the Hurriyat chairman and his colleagues to visit Pakistan for exchange of views with the ruling and opposition parties.

Separatists in the region are demanding an end to New Delhi's rule in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from British colonial rule, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir. (Xinhua-ANI)

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