Hurriyat Plans To Revive Its Closed Office In Delhi

Hurriyat Plans To Revive Its Closed Office In Delhi

26 February 2012
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: New Delhi will be the new turf for Kashmiri separatists - and they predict that they would be attacked in the Capital. Moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said the Hurriyat was seriously considering opening offices in the national Capital and Islamabad. 'We know our office in New Delhi will be attacked. We know there will be problems but we are seriously thinking that we should open an office in New Delhi on the pattern of the Kashmir Awareness Bureau. In fact, we had an office in Delhi called the Kashmir Awareness Bureau but it was closed. We are thinking of reviving it,' the Mirwaiz said. In 2003, the Hurriyat Conference closed the office in New Delhi after the arrests of Delhi-based Hurriyat spokesman Shabir Ahmad and Hurriyat leader Anjum Zamrooda Habib on charges of acting as conduits for facilitating the flow of funds to militants in the Valley. 'There is a need to inform mainstream people in New Delhi that Kashmir is a political problem and that it has an economic dimension. A perception has been created that the entire Kashmir issue has been created by Pakistan and everything, even protests against human rights violations, are being abetted by Pakistan. The uprisings of 2008, 2009 and 2010 are also viewed as such. We need to correct this perception,' the Mirwaiz said. Political issue apart, the Kashmir problem also has an economic dimension, Mirwaiz said. 'There is the issue of exploitation of our water resources and related economic issues,' he added. The Mirwaiz, who returned to the Valley after a week-long visit to Delhi, will return to the Capital next week. 'It is not that we have shifted base to New Delhi. We want to make diplomats and political leaders aware about the political and economic dimension of the Kashmir issue and its impact on the region,' the Mirwaiz said. On Friday, the Mirwaiz slammed the leadership in India and Pakistan for failing to resolve the Kashmir issue for the past 65 years. Addressing the prayers from the pulpit of Delhi, the expressed his participate in Pakistan take stepwise resolution Kashmir issue. His statement after Pakistan Hina Rabbani Hurriyat leadership The Mirwaiz nations take resolution of the pulpit of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, the Mirwaiz, however, expressed his willingness to participate in talks if India and Pakistan take the initiative for a stepwise resolution of the Kashmir issue. His statement came a day after Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar invited the Hurriyat leadership for talks. The Mirwaiz said if the two nations take a step towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue, the Hurriyat would be happy to take two steps in that direction. 'A meaningful and result oriented process of discussion should be started without further delay,' he said. Stating that peace in Jammu and Kashmir would be possible only after political stability in the region, the Mirwaiz said: 'This is the time when issues should be resolved through dialogue. Nobody can force a solution on the Kashmiris.' Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is also in New Delhi. He met Church of North India head Father P. Samuel to dispel fear among Christians in Kashmir. The state government- backed sharia court had issued a fatwa against four missionaries charging them with forced conversions. Geelani, condemned the sharia court ruling. - With inputs from Hakeem Irfan in New Delhi