Differences in Hurriyat over trips to Delhi
24 October 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: The ongoing political uncertainity in Jammu and Kashmir has cast its shadow over the separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference, with a section of the constituents viewing as unwanted trips undertaken by senior leaders of the conglomerate to Delhi. The bickerings surfaced this afternoon when Hurriyat chairman Abdul Gani Bhat announced that he was leaving for Delhi for some important meeting. Bhat was confronted by several activists of other parties in the amalgam but the Hurriyat chairman reportedly stated that his trip to the national capital was unavoidable. Sources close to Bhat said he had been summoned by Pakistan High Commission for an important meeting. Meanwhile, rift between Hurriyat and JKLF came to fore when the amalgam sought to distance itself from the criticism made by JKLF against former chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq for stating that Kashmir Committee headed by Ram Jethmalani should be allowed to go to Pakistan for finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir imbroglio. Kashmir Committee or any country or individual has no right to represent Kashmiris, JKLF had said in a statement yesterday while reacting to Farooq’s statement that Kashmir Committee should send its delegation to Pakistan for holding talks with the Government there. However, a Hurriyat statement today said that stand on the sending a delegation by Kashmir Committee was endorsed by the executive committee of the amalgam. The statement has irked the JKLF which has called an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss the situation.