No Takers For Pakistan’s ‘united-Hurriyat’ Proposal

No Takers For Pakistan’s ‘united-Hurriyat’ Proposal

12 November 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Two days after Pakistan asked separatists to get united, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Tuesday said there might be differences in the separatist camp but their “cause is one’’. According to authoritative sources, Pakistan Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif's advisor Sartaj Aziz, during his meeting with the separatist leaders in New Delhi on Sunday, asked them to forge unity to achieve the “right to self-determination.” Separatist leaders including chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Syeda Asiya Andrabi, met the Pak PM’s advisor separately. Sources said Aziz emphasized on the separatist leadership to take concrete measures towards forging unity. “Aziz told the separatist leadership that for quite some time there seems to be widening communication gap between the two Hurriyat factions and efforts should be made to address the same,” sources said adding 'there is need for the restoration of back channel dialogue process between the Hurriyat factions.’’ Mirwaiz Farooq today admitted that Pakistan PM’s advisor referred to the need for unity among separatists. “Aziz made a point that Pakistan intends to take the dialogue with India forward and he was firm that Kashmiri’s must be part of the dialogue. The Pakistan PM’s advisor referred to the need for unity among the separatist leadership. I told him that our voice is one. There might be differences between us but our cause is one,” said Mirwaiz. On Sunday separatist leaders separately met Aziz at Pakistan High Commission. After their meetings with Aziz, separatist said dialogue was essential for a lasting political solution to the Kashmir issue. Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar, however said that Aziz didn’t mention the need for unity during their talks with him. “I was present in the meeting where there was no discussion on unity,” Akbar said. “We only put forth our view point before Sartaj Aziz,” he said. Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi told Greater Kashmir that unity issue was discussed with her thoroughly. “I had an hour-long meeting with Pakistani diplomats and the issue was discussed threadbare,” Andrabi said. “I told them unity is only possible when there are like-minded people.” Asiya said she referred to the earlier moves at separatists’ unity which failed. “There had been no movement forward unity efforts made earlier,” she said.