Another setback to Hurriyat as Inquilabi pulls out

Another setback to Hurriyat as Inquilabi pulls out

6 June 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Jehangir Rashid

Srinagar: Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq received a major set back today as one of its constituents, Mahaaz-e-Azadi (MeA) led by Mohammad Azam Inquilabi pulled out of the conglomerate. The development comes almost a week after a show cause notice was issued to Inquilabi, former Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and Nayeem Ahmad Khan by Mirwaiz as part of disciplinary action against them. All the three had been suspended from the Hurriyat Conference temporarily. Crisis in the Hurriyat started last month after remarks by Prof. Bhat about irrelevance of United Nations resolutions on Kashmir and his proposal for the formation of joint front with the pro-India parties like National Conference and PDP. The leaders like Inquilabi, Khan and Shabir Ahmad Shah objected to Bhat's remarks which led to clashes between supporters of Bhat and Mirwaiz with those of Shah and Khan. In a statement issued here, chief patron Mahaaz-e-Azadi (MeA) Mohammad Azam Inquilabi said the issuance of the show cause notice forced him to quit the Hurriyat forum. Inquilabi said that he has been punished for no fault of his adding that he has been forced to distance from the forum of Hurriyat Conference. 'Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat converted Hurriyat Conference into a controversial platform due to his controversial role during the past few weeks. The controversial role of Prof. Bhat along with the lack of action against him has forced me to distance from Hurriyat Conference. Prof. Bhat should have been punished for his anti-movement outpourings, but nothing like that happened thus forcing me to quit the Hurriyat forum,' said Inquilabi. He said that more developments are likely if no damage control exercise is taken by the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference. 'Hurriyat Conference came into being as a political platform for pursuing the goal of right to self-determination peacefully. We shifted from militant approach to a political one in 1993, as political approach was more viable and acceptable to the world. The manifesto chapter of the forum envisages emphasis on UN resolutions or as an alternative emphasis on independence and third alternative as to seek a viable and practicable solution to Kashmir issue through tripartite talks involving India, Pakistan and Kashmiris,' said Inquilabi in his statement. He said that it was obligatory upon the Hurriyat Conference to provide chance for substantial discourse and discussion on the approach to fulfill the objective of self-determination with reference to the options provided by the manifesto chapters of its constitution. 'Instead of convening a full-fledged workshop for this great academic exercise the whole forum fell prey to the bickering of the psychologically belligerent groups within the forum. Because of the clipped powers members of general council couldn't do anything in sorting out the differences within the Hurriyat executive in 2003 and it was due to this reason that Hurriyat split into two,' said Inquilabi. He alleged that the executive committee of the Hurriyat used to take all the important decisions and the general council members were always ignored in this whole exercise. He said the separatists should evolve a consensus and formulate a strategy is adopted to seek a peaceful and pragmatic settlement of Kashmir issue. 'It is imperative upon the resistance forces who find themselves sandwiched between the psychologically polarized factions of APHC to sit together in a workshop christened as resistance consultative council,' said Inquilabi. He said the right to self-determination has been guaranteed by UN resolutions and also by first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru though his speeches.