Desperate NC tried to stymie talks: Hurriyat
6 September 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Terming the Jammu and Kashmir government''s move to put several separatist leaders under house arrest as an act of desperation, Hurriyat Conference on Friday said the ruling National Conference felt a threat to its existence by the conglomerate''s initiatives to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem. ''The state government stopped us from going to Delhi to hold second round of talks with Kashmir Committee as it felt a threat to its existence,'' Hurriyat Executive member Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told reporters after Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. ''It is an act of desperation taken in frustration,'' he said. Mirwaiz alleged that the state government did not want Hurriyat Conference to take any initiative that could help resolve the Kashmir issue and hence it was trying to sabotage the amalgam''s efforts. ''Hurriyat would continue its efforts to find a solution to Kashmir problem,'' he said adding the meeting with Kashmir Committee had been rescheduled to 7:00 p.m. in Delhi on Saturday. ''If we are stopped tomorrow also, we will launch a mass campaign,'' Mirwaiz added.