January 2001 News

Hurriyat warned against carrying 'India agenda' to Pak.

4 January 2001
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: Strongly opposing the ongoing peace process, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the nation) chief, Ms. Asiya Andrabi, today said that the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) was planning to visit Pakistan with an 'Indian agenda'. She declared that the Hurriyat could in no way 'convince' the pan- Islamic outfits on the ceasefire. Making scathing attacks on the APHC leadership, she said they were trying to extricate the Indian Government out of the crisis it was facing. 'Till recently, the APHC leaders were facing the wrath of the Indian establishment. How come they are now getting publicity on Indian media and are holding meetings amidst tight security,' she asked at a press conference here today. Dukhtaran-e-Millat is the only women's organisation in Kashmir to be fighting for its 'secession'. Ms. Andrabi said the APHC was taking the India agenda to Pakistan; otherwise the 'Indian Government is not sincere about the process'. If they wanted to go to Pakistan to convince Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Al-Badr, then it was impossible, she said, adding 'They will only intensify their attacks.' 'I want to ask those people who are desirous of participating in the peace process whether India is ready to leave the state through peaceful means.' She said it would be better if the APHC did not to take up the visit. Ms. Andrabi also targetted the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief commander, Mr. Abdul Majid Dar, for toeing India's line. Mr. Dar had turned out to be an 'Indian agent', though the same could not be said about the Hizb chief, Syed Salahuddin. Praising all foreign militants for their role in the 'armed struggle', she warned the APHC chief, Mr. Abdul Gani Lone, against criticising them. A strong votary of Kashmir's accession to Pakistan, Ms. Andrabi said, 'Accession to Pakistan is the only solution to the problem. If the minorities want to live here in an Islamic system, they are welcome. Otherwise, they are free to leave.' She had refused to meet Indian interlocutors 'unless India accepts Kashmir as a dispute and agrees to have talks with Pakistan in the first stage'. Kashmir was not a political issue. Ms. Andrabi opposed the trifurcation of the State, saying it would be resisted at any cost.


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