Hurriyat Is Not The Sole Kashmir Voice: PoK Team
10 March 2005
The Indian Express
Rajouri: A three-member delegation from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) today rejected the All Party Hurriyat Conference claim of being the only representative body of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. In an exclusive interaction with The Indian Express here today, the delegation headed by Mirpur Bar Association president Reyaz Inquilabi, which is on a two-day fact-finding mission to the border region of Jammu, lashed out at the Hurriyat leaders calling them 'contractors of bodies'. Accusing the separatist leaders of making a huge amount of money in the name of jehad, one of the members said: 'They have constructed palatial houses during all this turmoil in the State.' Inquilabi, in a remark laced with sarcasm, said that even though these organisations are always in the media limelight, their postal addresses remained untraceable. Expressing their satisfaction over the improved security situation in J-K, the team members said that they were going back home with an extremely better impression regarding the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir. However, Inquilabi said that most of the people he met in the Jammu region expressed their desire to see the pre-1947 geographical position of J-K. Stating that the people of the Jammu region were the worst affected by partition, Advocate Malik Asghar, another member of the team, demanded that both the governments of India and Pakistan should open more routes to Mirpur in PoK from Jammu. Terming the proposed introduction of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service as the biggest success of Kashmiris on both sides of the LoC, Malik said that both the countries should grant more autonomy to the two Kashmiris. Malik said that this side of Kashmir is more developed as compared to their side. He said the educational standards and the state infrastructure here is far better than their side. Earlier during the day, the team members had a detailed interaction with the members of Bar Association Rajouri, besides a group of intellectuals.