Prof Ghani Refuses To Relent On UN Remarks

Prof Ghani Refuses To Relent On UN Remarks

22 May 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Faced with rifts in their ranks, top Hurriyat (M) leaders observed the anniversary of the slain Abdul Ghani Lone on Tuesday with “divide-and-rule” allegations against the government – Mirwaiz Umer Farooq dismissing speculation of the alliance’s changed stance on the Kashmir issue, Bilal Ghani Lone ruling out a ‘sell-out’ on sacrifices, and Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat sticking to his stand on UN resolutions with a defiant “Hurriyat-not-anybody’s-fiefdom” declaration. In a telephonic address to a large rally in the north Kashmir town of Langate, the Hurriyat (M) chairman sought to rebut charges of “ambiguities” in the conglomerate’s stand on the Kashmir issue, saying that it was bound by its charter “to carry the mission of martyrs to its logical conclusion.” “Our stand is absolutely clear – that the Kashmiri people are engaged in a struggle to determine their own future, and that they cannot be cowed down with force,” the Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, said. “The present government is following a policy of divide-and-rule, but the people of Kashmir see through this machination,” he said, in the backdrop of recent discord in the alliance which burst into the public. “No one will be allowed to exploit the sacrifices Kashmiris have offered in their struggle,” he said. “This is no longer the age of solving issues with violence and power. It is time that the government of India gauge the spirit of the moment, and give up its obstructive approach to the Kashmir issue,” he said. The chairman of one faction of the People’s Conference, Bilal Ghani Lone, said that his party was being targeted with false propaganda by people “who are well-wishers neither of the masses, nor of the movement.” Recollecting the hardships and suffering he said his father, Abdul Ghani Lone, had endured for his political beliefs, Bilal said that he would fight on to fulfil the slain leader’s mission. “No one can deny the legitimacy of the Kashmir issue, nor can anyone question the peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri masses,” he said, calling for talks between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership to resolve the long-standing issue. Lone welcomed the resumption of trade between India and Pakistan, but said that no solution could be found to the Kashmir issue by ignoring the entitlements of Kashmiris. “The Hurriyat will not be a hindrance in education, health and other issues pertaining to the daily-lives of the people,” he said. Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat announced that he was committed to his stand on the UN resolutions on Kashmir, which he recently had said were now inapplicable. “I have merely spoken the truth,” he said. “An acceptable solution to the Kashmir issue can be found through tripartite negotiations.” Prof Ghani sought to downplay the rift in his alliance, saying that it was united, and that it had not contradictions. “The Hurriyat Conference is not anybody’s fiefdom, and the Kashmir issue is not anybody’s property,” he said. “No one will be allowed to hijack the Hurriyat Conference in the name of the Kashmir issue,” he said.