NEW DELHI - Days after India hosted Baloch leader Nawabzada Hyrbyair Marri in New Delhi, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday invited veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani to Islamabad.

A letter from Nawaz Sharif was handed over to Geelani through Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, The Hindu reported.

Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan and other High Commission officials met Geelani, his aides Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah and Ayaz Akbar. The meeting took place between 8 pm and 10 pm on Friday in New Delhi.

“I am inviting you to Pakistan so that I too can gain something from your views on the present situation. Hope that you will spare time to visit Pakistan at the earliest,” a Hurriyat spokesman quoted Nawaz Sharif having said in the letter.

“Kashmir is not any border dispute but it is the issue of right to self-determination of 20 million Kashmiri people and we had told in clear terms to India that there are no possibilities available for any progress in the mutual relationship of the two countries without addressing the Kashmir issue."

The spokesman said the letter promised “full support to the Kashmiri nation on political, diplomatic and moral fronts”.

Quoting from the letter, the spokesman said, “It says ‘Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of the Pakistan formation and ignoring this agenda can never establish friendly relationship between the two countries’.”

The Pakistan delegation reportedly praised Geelani, for what the delegation described as, “resolve, determination, commitment and straight forwardness”.