Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat Talks Tough

Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat Talks Tough

26 February 2014
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday toughened its stand against its detractors by deciding to give them ‘befitting reply’ if they continue to oppose the policies of the amalgam by issuing ‘emotional statements.’ The Hurriyat (M) also asked the militant leadership based in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) to ‘recognize the facts and contribution of pro-freedom leaders of the amalgam instead of leveling serious allegations’ against them. The hardened stance was adopted by the amalgam at a marathon meeting of Executive and General Council chaired by Mirwaiz here. “It is high time that we should act against those who have problems with our policies, attitude and the way of work. By not giving them the reply, they seem to be acting as dictators,” a senior Hurriyat leader told the meeting. “First they opposed the dialogue by terming it as a sell-out and then rumours were spread that Hurriyat (M) leaders would contest elections. Now we are being blamed for having a secret dialogue. Neither did we sell anything since 1993 nor do we have any plans to contest elections.” Sources said the meeting saw Mirwaiz being cornered by the members of Executive and General Council over the issue that he as the head of the amalgam should reply the opponents whenever they train guns at them. The meeting, according to sources, also expressed serious concern over UJC chief Syed Salahudin’s statement that “there were some black sheep in Hurriyat.” “Who are the black sheep here?” another leader said at the meet. “If Syed Sahib knows the black sheep, he must name them. Such statements are creating confusion among the masses. Everybody here has suffered, so have the people. Militant commanders sitting in PaK should encourage Hurriyat leaders who are trying their best to keep the movement alive. At times their statements are full of hatred towards Hurriyat.” Many members said that Hurriyat’s policies were clear and there was no violation of the 1993 Constitution which is the bedrock for Kashmir solution. “Our Constitution allows us to talk and we will talk to New Delhi, Islamabad and with our brethren in PaK. What is wrong in it? How can talking be termed as a sell-out,” another leader said. Hurriyat (M) leader Javaid Ahmed Mir, who was present in the meeting, said dialogue can’t be projected as a sell-out. “Is it that Hurriyat should persuade PDP and NC to have dialogue with India? Hurriyat will talk on UN resolutions as we represent the blood of martyrs and aspirations of common people,” he said. Sources said that Aga Syed Hassan Al-Mousvi told the meeting that he doesn’t want to see more graveyards here and instead Kashmir issue should be resolved. When contacted, Mirwaiz said he chaired a brainstorming session. “Our policy is clear. Hurriyat has capacity and capability to enter into a dialogue with both India and Pakistan to seek final settlement of the vexed issue of Kashmir either through UN resolutions or tripartite dialogue. Now some people issue unnecessary statements that Hurriyat has made a sell-out, which is completely illogical,” he said. “If we see the geo-political scenario, dialogue is the most effective tool in the present circumstances used to settle disputes. Dialogue diplomacy is working across the globe. Hurriyat’s 1993 Constitution allows us to have a dialogue, so where comes the question of sell-out,” Mirwaiz said. He said some people raise questions on Hurriyat’s policy by issuing statements based on emotions. “Such statements lead to confusion and I believe they should avoid statement-politics against Hurriyat,” he said, without naming any person. Mirwaiz also said the militant commanders, both who are based in PaK and those operating in Kashmir, should not issue statements against Hurriyat (M). “Such statements create an unnecessary wedge between Hurriyat and the people which is against the movement. If somebody would issue a statement stating that there are some black sheep in the amalgam, the people obviously would feel hurt. The fact is that militant leadership should accept the contribution of pro-freedom leaders. It is not necessary that all leaders would have same contribution. Some may have more and some may have less.” He admitted that Hurriyat led by him won’t bear unnecessary allegations through statements. “We will react against the allegations which are baseless like the one seen recently that Hurriyat’s dialogue is aimed at sell-out,” Mirwaiz said. Meanwhile, a Hurriyat statement issued here said that in the meeting it was stated that Hurriyat does not believe in unnecessary criticism or in pointing fingers on any pro-movement organization or person. “But we consider that deliberate mindless fatwas and devoid of facts statements were against the objectives and interests of the movement having potential of creating confusion in the minds of the people,” the statement said.