January 2008 News

People's League Joins Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat

10 January 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: In efforts to form a united separatist platform in Jammu and Kashmir, the People's League, led by Shiekh Abdul Aziz, on Friday joined the moderate faction of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq's Hurriyat Conference. The development may put pressure on the hardliners, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Only on Thursday, the hardliners while expressing their willingness to form a united separatist platform, had put five conditions for the parties, which included snapping bilateral dialogue with the Centre. 'The People's League has decided to continue the struggle while joining hands with Hurriyat Conference,' Aziz said here today, appealing to all 'pro-freeedom' parties to shun their ego and unite on a common platform. Aziz's move is a shot in the arm of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat, which is also in talks with Democratic Freedom Party leader Shabir Ahmad Shah. Shah is expected to join the moderates soon. The moderate faction has held several rounds of talks with the Centre, which was one of the reasons for a vertical split in the amalgam in 2003. 'I and my colleagues have always supported a dialogue between India and Pakistan, as in our opinion this dialogue will help in resolving the Kashmir issue', Aziz said.

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