Hurriyat Split: Mirwaiz Terms It Closed Chapter

Hurriyat Split: Mirwaiz Terms It Closed Chapter

9 January 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: Even as the rebel Hurriyat group is maintaining that they are the real Hurriyat, the conglomerate headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today termed the issue a “closed chapter”. It issued instructions to the members not to discuss the matter at meetings and in the media. This was decided today during a closed-door meeting of the Hurriyat executive and the general council meeting here at its headquarters. The meeting was chaired by chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and attended by his close aide Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Aga Syed Hassan, Javed Mir, Mussadiq Aadil, Hilal War and other. Sources said during the meeting, the controversy surrounding the letter written by Mirwaiz to the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) chapter of the Hurriyat and the subsequent statements issued by rebel Hurriyat leaders - Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan and Azam Inquilabi - also came up for discussion. “The meet termed the matter as a closed chapter and the chairman passed strict instructions to the members not to discuss the matter further at meetings. It was also directed that no statements in this regard should be issued to the media,” a Hurriyat source said. They said during the meeting it appeared that Mirwaiz had made up his mind and the letter to the PoK chapter was intended to make it clear that the trio was no longer part of the Hurriyat. In the letter, Mirwaiz had cited indiscipline and violation of the Hurriyat constitution as some of the reasons for not entertaining the leaders who he did not name in his letter. The leaking of the letter to the media led to a chain reaction, with the three rebel leaders going public and accusing Mirwaiz of leading a group of “anti-movement” people. They even claimed that they were the “real” Hurriyat while questioning the credibility of Mirwaiz’s leadership as the Hurriyat chairman. “During the meeting, it was felt that Shabir Shah and his supporters should be allowed to function as they want. Syed Ali Shah Geelani had done the same when he broke away and formed his own faction in 2003,” the Hurriyat sources said. There is no mention of the recent controversy in the statement issued to the media by the moderate Hurriyat today. The statement says the meeting discussed the emerging political situation and took stock of organisational matters.