Hardline Hurriyat’s Website Silent On ‘jehad’ Word20 June 2011
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Hardline separatist Hurriyat conference toes a fresh line, apparently moderate one, as it launches interactive and know-the-Kashmir issue website to connect with the youth here and people outside the country. 'The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat shall earnestly uphold the principles of communal harmony and solidarity with minority communities. It shall welcome and support the return of Muslim muhajireen (migrants) and minority migrants so that they are the rightful owners of their property,' says the website in its objectives and goals. The website does not refer to jehad as guiding principle, as was its leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s mainstay of speeches made in early 1990s. His fiery speeches became guiding force for Kashmir’s largest indigenous militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen then. Referring to the principles of 'obedience to God' and 'love with mankind', the Geelani led Hurriyat vouches that it will 'make peaceful endeavors to build individuals, society and a state on these solid principles'. 'Besides, it shall strive to achieve for the people of J-K their fundamental right to self determination,' it added. 'The website, which took three months, was need of the hour to reach people living outside J-K to understand our struggle and sufferings,' said Hurriyat spokesman Aayz Akbar. Laying bare its new political premise, the Hurriyat website says it shall work for the eradication of all sorts of exploitation in the name of politics, religion and liberalism. 'It shall make efforts to build a society whose moto shall be co-operation in all that is good and non co-operation in all that is evil,' says the website. Referring to the United Nations as toothless tiger, the website asks the world body 'to discharge its duties in the interest of deprived and subjugated people and the world peace and not to serve the interests of one or some powerful countries'. It also appeals to 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference to play their much needed role 'to resolve the issues of the Ummah and not to play in the hands of those who have filled this world with tyranny, corruption and mischief.' Akbar said that it was after the keen interest of Geelani that the website, with pictures, news updates and videos, was launched on Sunday.