Hurriyat leaves Pak red-faced; Says Pok is worse than J&K
26 July 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Attacking Pakistan’s Kashmir policy, the Hurriyat Conference sought to embarass the Pervez Musharraf Government saying the situation in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir was worse than in Jammu and Kashmir. ''...The present Government in PoK is worse than the Farooq Abdullah Government,'' secretary general of Hurriyat Conference’s Pakistan Chapter Altaf Qadiri was quoted by Pakistani newspaper ''Daily Times'' as having told reporters. Peeved over the failure of Pakistani regime to highlight the Kashmir cause at international fora, Qadiri, who is also a JKLF leader, said ''if Pakistan takes any wrong step on the Kashmir issue, it would be at the behest of the present Government in PoK especially Sardar Abdul Qayuum and Sardar Sikandar Hayyat Khan, as they are using the issue as a political tool.'' Virtually negating the work of Qayuum, who was appointed by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as Chairman of Kashmir Committee earlier this year, Qadiri said ''we want a Revolutionary Command Council established in PoK, which should include people from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), to replace the present Government which is deceiving the people of Kashmir.'' Qadiri was accompanied by two more Hurriyat Conference leaders, Ashraf Saraf of Muslim Conference and Yousaf Naseem of People’s Conference. While Muslim Conference is headed by present Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Gani Bhat in Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Conference (belonging to slain amalgam leader Abdul Gani Lone) is headed by his son Bilal Lone. Naseem objected to the speech of Qayuum in the capacity of being representative of Kashmiri people at the recent seminar of Organisation of Islamic Conference’s held at Sudan and said ''the OIC recognises the Hurriyat Conference as the true representative of the Kashmiri people but by delivering a speech at OIC summit in Sudan as representative of Kashmir people Sardar Qayuum has infringed upon the rights of the amalgam.'' ''Sardar Sikandar Hayyat (so-called President of PoK) and Sardar Qayuum are creating a mess as they build a parallel organisation against Hurriyat Conference. They are issuing detrimental to the Kashmir cause,'' Naseem said. He said neither the PoK nor the Kashmir committee has ever invited us for consultations on Kashmir issue. They never bother how Kashmiris feel after the indifferent statements. Earlier this week, a report from Islamabad had quoted senior Hurriyat leader in Pakistan Faiz Naqshbandi as telling reporters that ''Qayyum had phoned Bhat and told him that Hurriyat Conference should participate in the polls.'' The statement provoked sharp reactions from Bhat who said ''I want to make it crystal clear that Hurriyat Conference has never and will never take diktats from anyone. We decide at our forum what to do.''