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Pak. nod for Geelani's Hurriyat

New Delhi Nov.13. Pakistan today made it clear that it recognised only the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani even as the Iftar party hosted at its Mission saw a dearth of Kashmiri separatist leaders with the faction led by Abbas Ansari boycotting it and Jamaat-e-Islami skipping it.

``We recognise only the Hurriyat led by Geelani and no one else. The rest are all Kashmiri leaders.... after all Geelani's group has been recognised by the Organisation of Islamic Conference,'' The Pakistani Information Minister, Sheikh Rashid, told reporters at the Iftar party hosted by the Pakistani High Commissioner, Aziz Ahmed Khan.

To a suggestion that Pakistan was responsible for getting the Geelani faction recognised by the OIC, Rashid declined to comment.

He said Kashmir issue needed to be solved at the earliest in order to forge lasting peace in the sub-continent.

Mr. Geelani could not attend the party as no flight took off from Srinagar today because of bad weather. — PTI