APHC goes global; moves afoot to open offices in US, Europe, M-E, Far East
15 June 2003
News Network International
SRINAGAR: To keep in line with the global developments All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has decided to open its branches in United States and some European countries, Middle East and Far East. Highly informed sources in the 25-party alliance said moves are afoot to rope in prominent non-resident Kashmiri leaders who are actively working for the Kashmir cause to head the offices in New York, London, Toronto, Brussels, Kualalumpur, Jeddah, etc. They said the Hurriyat Conference has almost finalised the names of the leaders for running the offices. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front's Barrister Majid Trumboo is likely to head the office in Brussels, Dr Ayub Thakur, President World Kashmir Freedom Movement the London office, while Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai Executive Director of Kashmir American Council would run the Hurriyat's New York office, GKNS quoted the sources as saying. Another senior expatriate leader Mushtaq Geelani, who heads the Kashmir Canadian Council, was likely to be assigned the responsibility of running the office in Toronto. Sources said Geelani, who visited Pakistan last week, had detailed consultations with the Kashmiri leadership to open the conglomerate's chapter in Canada. Trumboo, Thakur, Fai and Geelani had met on the sidelines of the 59th session of United Nations Commission on Human Rights held in Geneva this April. Sources said the foursome had approached the representatives of a number of countries there in connection with the opening of the Hurriyat's offices. 'But the four leaders are yet to give their consent to run the offices,' the sources said. They said 'since the Kashmir dispute tops the agenda of every international forum, the Hurriyat Conference leadership felt it necessary to launch its overseas chapter.' 'This way global community would be better apprised about our cause,' the sources said. The move to go global also follows the hectic efforts of Kashmir-based leadership especially JKLF chairman Yasin Malik and the Hurriyat's former chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The duo recently visited New Delhi and had consultations with envoys of different European and Middle East countries. 'They sought the envoys' good offices to open branches in their respective countries,' the sources said 'and had success in this context.' It was followed by the visit of different ambassadors to the Valley recently who had close-door meetings with the top Hurriyat Conference brass. Confirming that the conglomerate was opening offices abroad, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, 'We had taken the decision in principle long ago but due to some problems it couldn't take off.' Mirwaiz however claimed the list of leaders to head the offices was yet to be finalised.