January 2016 News

Two-day International Kashmir Conference In Islamabad Called Off

16 January 2016
Only Kashmir
Bilal Bashir Bhat

Srinagar: The proposed 'Kashmir Conference' in Islamabad, Pakistan which triggered a new controversy in political circles of Indian administration Kashmir over the invitation of mainstream political leaders including Engineer Abdul Rashid and Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has been called off after many several separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani declined the invitation by PaK President Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan. The conference was scheduled on 20-21 January in Pakistan's capital Islamabad convened by PaK president Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan from January 20 has the theme 'The Kashmir Conflict - its Ramifications for Pak-India Relations and Peace and security of south Asia' According to the sources onlykashmir.in received here, dozens of people including some journalists, lawyers and mainstreams leaders had reached Islamabad Pakistan, after getting 8 days visa at Pakistan embassy at New Delhi. Earlier Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who heads hardline Hurriyat Conference refused to attend the conference because the organisers have invited mainstream politicians like Engineer Rashid and CPI (M) MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami for the event. The chairman of parallel Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, however welcomed the invitation but said due to no availability of travel documents he would not be able to go. Senior leader and Chairman Salvation Movement Zaffer Akbar Bhat also declined to attend the conference with the same reason as of Geelani. Speaking to Onlykashmir.in JKLF (H) Chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir while announcing to boycott the conference said the by inviting the mainstream leaders our sacrifices have been sidelined. 'We (pro-freedom leaders) represent the aspiration and emotions of the people of Jammu and Kashmir besides being ourselves the victims of conflict, the invitation to the people like mainstream leaders defines its futility,' Javaid Mir said. Deliberating on the proposed conference of 20-21 January in Islamabad Pakistan, Islamic Students League Patron Shakeel Ahmad Bakhshi has said that the very agenda of this conference is a joke and at the same time this is a deliberate attempt to club together pro Independence and Pro establishment people on one platform. The proposed conference seems to deliberate on various articles of Indian constitution like 370 and 35(A), and increasing influence of Hindutva in India in grab of discussing Kashmir Issue. Should we see this attempt to legitimize Indian occupation in the area? One fails to understand what is the logic and rationale behind such exercise that too in Islamabad Pakistan, and what message organizers are trying to convey? Earlier Hurriyat (G) held an emergency meeting at Geelani's Hyderpora residence under the chair of Agha Hassan Al-Safvi Al-Mosvi in which participants unanimously ruled out the participation in conference for invitation pro-Indian politicians in the event. The spokesman said participation in any such event can have 'negative effects on the Kashmir movement'. Geelani also ordered to issue Show Cause Notice against those constituents of the amalgam about whom the reports are coming that they have cooperated in the holding of such a conference without informing the Hurriyat Conference. MLA Kulgam Tarigami has also decided not to attend the conference due to 'personal reasons'. 'I have written to the President expressing regret at not being able to attend the conference due to some personal reasons,' he said. The other topics to be discussed include 'the Kashmir Dispute, Hindutva and emergence of Hindu Extremism in India and Proposed Abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A of Indian constitution Impact on Kashmir Dispute'. A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association has also reached Islamabad to attend the conference.