Mirwaiz Umar Goes Tough On ‘undisciplined’ Leaders

Mirwaiz Umar Goes Tough On ‘undisciplined’ Leaders

2 January 2014
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Cracks have grown deeper in the Hurriyat Conference (M) with its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq directing the amalgam Convener in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) not to entertain the leaders and representatives who decided to “tread a separate path and left the Hurriyat on their own.” Mirwaiz, without naming senior separatist leaders Shabir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Azam Inqlabi, has accused them of violating the organizational discipline and asked the PaK Convener to cease the membership of their representatives on the other side of the LoC. According to a letter dated December 27, 2013, shot by Mirwaiz to Hurriyat’s PaK Convener Yousuf Naseem, the Hurriyat Executive Committee “while taking stock of the functioning of PaK chapter has felt a need to instruct and guide on certain functional matters to make the chapter more cohesive and effective.” “It is expected from you to note that the persons or groups who have voluntarily chosen not to conform to the organizational discipline of Hurriyat and who have chosen to tread a separate path of their own have practically ceased to be the members of Hurriyat,” reads the letter, a copy of which is with Greater Kashmir. “Their representatives in PaK too stand automatically ceased as the members of Hurriyat’s PaK chapter.” The letter further states: “To avoid any confusion, you are directed to treat the membership of the representatives of all such groups in your chapter to have ceased and therefore not to entertain them by inviting them in meetings and exclusive programs of PaK chapter.” Mirwaiz’ fresh move has left Shabir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Khan and Azam Inqlabi fuming. “It is unfortunate. We have given our life to the movement. We have done mistakes for which we have and we still apologize to people. It is strange that people, who were not born when we were in the movement, are issuing diktats against us,” said Shabir Shah. “Our differences with the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat are not personal or for money, property but based on principles, Hurriyat’s Constitution and ideology. When we re-joined Hurriyat, we made our stand clear and when we found things going against that, we parted ways,” he said. National Front Chairman Nayeem Khan said: “It’s a surprise information for me. Mirwaiz Sahib knows better why he has shot the letter to PaK Convener at this stage. You should ask him (Mirwaiz) why he has done it.” Pertinently, the fissures within the Hurriyat (M) cropped up soon after senior Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat during a public address in Batengo, Sopore, on May 7, 2012, termed UN resolutions not applicable on JK. Bhat’s statement triggered massive outrage within the Hurriyat with Shah and Nayeem urging Mirwaiz to take action against the leader. Mirwaiz, however, didn’t act against Prof Bhat, which forced Shah and Nayeem to stay away from Hurriyat’s proceedings. Mirwaiz had, instead, sought explanation from Shah and Nayeem over the issue. “Prof Bhat’s statement was not the only thing that forced us to stay away from Hurriyat. There are many other issues based on principles,” said Shah. Interestingly, Mahaz-e-Azadi patron Azam Inqlabi had seconded Shah and Nayeem for their stand. “I distanced myself from Hurriyat as I found Shah and Nayeem’s stand based on logic. I can only say that Mirwaiz’ letter to PaK Convener can be the handiwork of invisible hands just to divert the movement. This is an effort to dismantle the dream of united Hurriyat,” said Inqlabi. “This has happened at a time when we were working hard to see a united leadership. Now things are moving towards disarray in the leadership instead of unity.” When contacted, Mirwaiz said, “The representatives of these leaders attend meetings there but not here. Hurriyat is for unity and collectivity. We seek unity, but there has to be a sense of discipline,” he said guardedly.