Money Needed To Run Movement: Mirwaiz21 July 2011
Srinagar: Stating that Ghulam Nabi Fai’s arrest in United States won’t deter them from raising the Kashmir issue at international foras, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday said money was needed to run the movement. “Some intelligence agencies and Indian media want to divert the attention of international community from Kashmir issue and accuse us of having links with ISI,” Mirwaiz told Rising Kashmir. Maintaining that the money is required for any movement, he said, “Kashmir struggle is not for commercial interests but money is needed. It is a tragic thing that it is continuously being blamed on Kashmiri leadership and diaspora as if Kashmir struggle was for commercial interests” He said scores of councils are operating from America and even America itself spends millions of dollars in Afghanistan, Sudan and other countries as money is pre-requisite for any movement. “When scores of councils are lobbying from America so what wrong did Kashmir American Council led by Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai do. It has been operating from America since last thirty years. We don’t run the movement for money. We support the work being done by Kashmiri diaspora and we are sure while keeping in view the laws of their respective countries they will continue to work for the Kashmir cause,” Mirwaiz said. Condemning Fai’s arrest, he said, “Indian media and agencies want to mislead the world and discourage us by leveling false accusations against us. However, that will not stop us from raising Kashmir issue at international level”. Hurriyat (M) chairman said he will call an executive meeting of the conglomerate before their meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister in Delhi. “We are satisfied with the ongoing dialogue process and are hopeful that Kashmir will figure prominently during the forthcoming foreign minister level talks between the two countries,” he said. He said both countries have shown enough maturity in backdrop of the recent Mumbai bomb blasts and continued the dialogue. Mirwaiz, was quick to add that Fai’s arrest has caused setback to Kashmir movement. 'It (the arrest) has caused a setback to the peaceful efforts to solve the Kashmir issue. Hurriyat wants to clear it that Kashmir struggle is and indigenous movement and has not been launched at the behest of any country or organisation,' he added.