Hurriyat Discrediting Institution Of Dialogue: Sajjad Lone
31 July 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Handwara: Chairman of a faction of J&K Peoples Conference, Sajjad Gani Lone, today castigated the Mirwaiz faction of the separatist Hurriyat Conference with the allegation that it was discrediting the institution of dialogue. He said that engagement into a dialogue with both New Delhi and Islamabad was in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris but 'begging for a dialogue' was 'an insult'. While addressing a well-attended public gathering at Watirgam, Rafiabad, not far away from hometown Handwara, Sajjad Lone introduced the youthful Qazi Yasir, son the slain south Kashmir cleric Qazi Nisar Ahmed, as the 'real Mirwaiz of Kashmir'. Qazi Yasir has lately merged his father's Ummat-e-Islamia with Lone's PC. In his speech, Sajjad described dialogue on the Kashmir dispute as the only way-out to reach its solution but he warned that New Delhi and Islamabad were both discrediting this institution through 'a bunch of imposed Kashmiri leaders'. He demanded that only 'genuine representatives' of the Kashmiris be involved with the Indo-Pakistan dialogue on Kashmir. Lone said that PC would leave no stone unturned to exert pressure on India and Pakistan so that the 'real representatives' of the people of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh were involved with the peace process. 'Dialogue is well in keeping with the aspirations of the Kashmiris. But, they (Hurriyat leaders) have been begging for it and neither of the two countries is taking them seriously', Sajjad asserted. He said that men like Yasin Malik, who traveled to Pakistan and PoK with the Hurriyat leaders, had publicly exploded Hurriyat's claim that the Kashmiris had been 'already' associated with the peace process. He said that the people of the State were politically conscious and they would not allow anybody to 'thrust' a solution on them. He claimed that by shuttling between New Delhi, Srinagar and Islamabad, the Hurriyat leaders had been 'simply delaying a solution'. 'They have been enjoying official hospitality and media coverage. They have never been talking about the Kashmiris who have become a traumatised nation over the last 17 years of gun culture, armed struggle and terrorism', Sajjad said and asked both New Delhi and Islamabad to take advantage of the world opinion in favour of peace and resolution of political crises by way of dialogue and negotiation.