Hizbul Fires Another Salvo At Hurriyat
28 August 2000
Srinagar: In yet another strongly-worded reaction to the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leadership''s stance on ceasefire, the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has condemned the statement of its chairman, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, saying that it was ''broken step''. In a statement here this evening, the Hizb divisional commander for central Kashmir said ''Prof. Bhat''s statement is condemnable''. ''We are surprised that the people watching the bloodshed and atrocities on people for over seven years could not even take the half-broken step, and before talking about others they should first have a look at themselves,'' he said. People here were ''shocked'' over the Hurriyat statement on ceasefire which was ''changed three times'' and a majority of the organisation''s leaders were not able to understand Prof. Gani''s recent proposal of sending its leaders to Delhi and Islamabad for talks. The Hizb urged Prof. Bhat not to talk much about the militant movement without an introspection. The session of Majlis-e-Shoura of the Jamat-e-Islami remained inconclusive on the ceasefire issue on the third day today. The Jamat, apart from electing office-bearers, is discussing the differences between its senior leader and former APHC chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, and its chief, Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, on the ceasefire. Sources said that the Shoura favoured seeking an explanation from Mr. Geelani for contradicting the Jamat stand on ceasefire and other issues. Mr. Geelani has already been criticised by the Hizb for saying that the decision on the ceasefire was taken without consulting its supreme commander, Syed Salahuddin.