February 2008 News

Hurriyat (M) Decides To Reshape Central Structure

18 February 2008
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday decided that the amalgam would be restructured to meet the demands of ongoing freedom movement. The decision to this effect, according to Hurriyat statement, was taken at a meeting of Hurriyat executive held here today with its acting chairman Moulana Abbas Ansari in chair. When contacted to elaborate what he meant by restructuring, the Hurriyat acting chairman Moulana Abass Ansari said, “We want that the constituent units should follow political programmes and issue political statements in accordance with Hurriyat policy and directives. To achieve this purpose, the amalgam’s central body needs to be restructured so that its members could be made more responsible by assigning them different responsibilities. The main objective of restructuring is to make it broad based.” The Hurriyat senior leader Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, when contacted evaded the question, saying at this moment it was impossible to elaborate. However, sources say that Hurriyat executive is under tremendous pressure from its constituent units to create different posts for making it broad based. Meanwhile, Hurriyat executive assigned the task of opening of its offices in all districts of state to its senior leader Shabir Ahmad Shah to make it politically more effective and vibrant. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Shabir Ahmad Shah had at a joint press conference on January 14, at Martyrs’ Graveyrad, Eid Gah, announced that the amalgam would open its offices in all three regions of state at district, tehsils and halqa levels. The decision to assign this task to Shabir Ahmad Shah is seen as taken in this backdrop only. The executive members who attended today’s meeting included Porf. Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Fazal-ul-Haq Qureshi, Aga Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Sufvi Shabir Ahmad Shah, Sheikh Abdul Aziz and Ghulam Muhammad Bhat attended ht meeting. When contacted, Shabir Ahmad Shah said, “I feel happy that Hurriyat has assigned me this task. I would like to see its offices set up in every nook and corner of Jammu Kashmir and its leaders and message reaches people at grassroot level. Kosovo has won independence and I wish Jammu Kashmir too wins freedom very soon. For translating this dream into reality, we have to be united and we have to reach out to people in every part of the state.” Shah said he had convened a meeting of Hurriyat general council on Wednesday to seek the opinion of its members as to how and wherefrom he should begin with. The members held that Pakistan’s political stability after its elections was imperative for the resolution Kashmir issue. They hoped that new elected government in Pakistan would seriously pursue resolution of Kashmir issue.

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