Hurriyat Split Is Official, Geelani Leads
8 September 2003
The Asian Age
Srinagar: It is now official. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has split following Sunday's meeting at which four of its constituents and nine splinter groups from other parties rallied behind rival leadership contender Syed Ali Shah Geelani. However, four conglomerate executive council members have described the meeting as 'a flagrant violation' of its constitution. 'The child born of an illegal meeting is an illegitimate child, not acceptable to the people,' said Professor Abdul Gani a former chairman of the Hurriyat Conference. He said he and his colleagues would go to the people to explain to them 'what is what' and 'how their trust has been betrayed.' Meanwhile, the rebels are being issued notices to explain their conduct described by Professor Gani as 'unwarranted, illegal and unconstitutional.' But contrary to the threat issued by the present incumbent Moulvi Abbas Ansari against whom a no-confidence motion was passed and a new committee set up to carry out its day to day work at Sunday's meeting no disciplinary action will be taken against the rebels immediately. They will instead by given a chance to return to the Hurriyat Conference fold. Kashmir's chief cleric and founder chairman of the Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who has been authorised to hold a meeting with the basic members of the conglomerate to discuss threadbare the situation arising out of the revolt would 'strive for the unity.' He would apparently talk to the rebels as well in an effort to persuade them not to pursue their agenda. In the light of his deliberations, Moulvi Abbas will call a meeting of the high profile executive council to take a decision on the issue. Professor Gani who was speaking to reporters after he and three other executive members of the Hurriyat Conference met at its headquarters here to discuss the crisis admitted that a split has been caused. He, however, alleged that this was done 'with a design by certain people who I don't want refer to, to destroy the fabric called the political unity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.' He added, 'That is what pains each sensible Kashmiri.' As far he and the other members of the executive council who attended Monday's meeting are concerned 'we're determined to preserve the togetherness of the APHC so far as we can.' Others who attended the meeting amidst their supporters hysterically raising pro-freedom slogans outside the venue are Mirwaiz Umar (Peoples' Action Committee), Moulvi Abbas (Anujamn-e-Itehadul Muslimeen) and Bilal Gani Lone (Peoples' Conference).