April 2002 News

Rift in Hurriyat reappears

26 April 2002
The Tribune

Srinagar: Differences in the Hurriyat on the Kashmir issue came to the fore yet again with the Jamaat-e-Islami rejecting the statement of its own leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani debunking the conciliatory and anti-jehad stance taken by his two Hurriyat colleagues after their participation in the Dubai meeting. Jamaat leaders evaluated the statements of Geelani, in connection with the participation of Mirwaiz Moulvi Umer Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone and unanimously decided they were contrary to the policy espoused by the party viz-a-viz the resolution of Kashmir problem, the Jamaat said in a statement. The meeting, attended by senior party leaders and office bearers and chaired by Ameer-e-Jamaat Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, said the statement given by Geelani, who is a former Hurriyat chairman, should be taken as having been made by him in his personal capacity. Reiterating its stand on Kashmir, the party in a press note issued after the meeting said it believed in a “peaceful, tripartite political talks” as the best possible way to address Kashmir and whatever “respectable solution” emerges therein and “which is also acceptable to people of Kashmir, the Jamaat will readily agree to it”. Geelani, talking to reporters at a function here recently had vociferously opposed elections and supported armed struggle in Kashmir. Meanwhile, London-based president of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement Ayub Thakur criticised Hurriyat leaders for condemning “jehad” and stressing only on talks for Kashmir resolution. Questioning Hurriyat’s credentials, Thakur said Hurriyat owed its existence to jehad only and “without it they will be reduced to non-entity”. “In fact the political weight of APHC leaders is only because of jehad which they had waged a few years ago and in which thousands of Kashmiri youth are waging to press India to allow Kashmiris their freedom,” Thakur said in a faxed-statement which appeared in a local English daily here today. Referring to the recent Dubai conference, he said “neither Lone or Umar are doing jehad nor Sardar Qayum. They can’t decide about stopping jehad as only Mujahideen could decide about it and they have not authorised anybody to decide about it on their behalf”.

 

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