Shah On Way To Divorce Hurriyat (M)

Shah On Way To Divorce Hurriyat (M)

30 May 2013
Rising Kashmir
Nasrun Mir

Srinagar: As a first step to part ways with Hurriyat Conference (M), senior separatist leader and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah has withdrawn Mehmood Ahmad Sagar as conglomerate’s convener in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK). “We have been trying for reunification of separatist camps so that we move forward with great strength but unfortunately our efforts went down the drain due to stubbornness of various stake holders which finally forced us to take this decision. We have asked Mehmood Sagar to resign from post of convenor of Hurriyat (M) in PaK,” Shabir Shah told Rising Kashmir. Stating that “we are the Hurriyat”, he said his party will continue to maintain distance from Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat Conference. The differences between various parties in Hurriyat (M) came to public last year after supporters of some groups fought in public and accused each other of bungling funds. After that Shah and Khan have been maintaining distance from Hurriyat (M). Shah said following a chain of events that saw disagreements of various separatist leaders to unite and their reluctance to make Hurriyat a state-wide organization has forced him to take a tough call. “In 2008, we initiated a process to reunite the Hurriyat factions and all the stakeholders had even agreed. Afterwards two committees were formed with I and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai heading each of them. But unfortunately that did not even materialize”. He said his second initiative was to propose a widening ambit of Hurriyat Conference to grassroots level. “We had proposed to take Hurriyat to village and district levels and stressed for institutionalizing the Hurriyat but it also failed,” Shah said adding even in 2010 his efforts of reunification of Hurriyat camps did not yield any results. He said the party was left with no option other than to call a meeting of apex body. “It was unanimously decided in the meeting to withdraw Mahmood Sagar from PaK chapter of Hurriyat (M),” Shah said. Meanwhile, Mehmood Sagar told a local news gathering agency, KNS that he has resigned from the PaK Chapter of Hurriyat (M) after being was asked by party’s apex body to do so. “For me movement is more important than holding any post. I have conveyed my decision to Hurriyat (M) and will be formally putting in my papers tomorrow,” he said. Reacting to the development, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq issued a statement. “It is unfortunate that Mr Shah who never attends the meetings or events of Hurriyat where there is ample space for him to put forward his views or comments, keeps rushing to the press to give statements to make news,” Mirwaiz said. “While in these press statements he claims to be a well wisher of Hurriyat, his actions are totally contradictory to these claimed intentions. One fails to understand what does he really wants? A forum runs either by consensus or by majority decision. If it is hard for him to accept these norms he is free to make a choice of disassociating from the forum.” “As far as our commitment to the constitution of APHC is concerned,” Mirwaiz said, “It was, has and will always be upheld and followed both in letter and spirit. As custodians of the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir, Hurriyat is committed to take the movement to its logical conclusion.”