Fissures emerge in Hurriyat

Members accuse Mirwaiz Farooq for being anti-movement, announces formation of a ‘real Hurriyat’

Fissures emerge in Hurriyat

Srinagar : Trouble has started brewing within the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference with four senior leaders on Monday coming out in the open against the chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, alleging some leaders in the amalgam did not want unity among separatists.

Apparently four senior leaders are miffed with Mirwaiz for writing a letter to amalgam’s convener in PoK asking him not to entertain leaders and representatives “who decide to tread a separate path and have left Hurriyat on their own”.

The leaders have accused Mirwaiz Farooq of leading a group of anti-movement people and announced formation of a ‘real Hurriyat’. “We are having consultations over the matter and we will soon come out with a response. There are some people within the Hurriyat who are conspiring against us and do not want unity among the separatists,” President of the Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah said.
According to Kashmiri media reports, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Azam Inqlabi and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash has issued a statement on the letterhead of the Hurriyat Conference announcing the formation of a of a parallel conglomerate.
Shah said Mirwaiz’s act of writing a secret letter amounted to indiscipline. “Differences can be overcome through deliberations but every time those who treat Hurriyat as personal fiefdom show reluctance to come on the table and instead mislead people by adopting different means. “We are ready to sit across to overcome differences but have been always avoided. We cannot tolerate this,” he said.
Shah said there were differences within the camp since the past one-and-a-half-year and time would decide the next course of action. “Mirwaiz should have written to us instead of writing a secret letter to the amalgam’s convenor. We have differences but those are not personal.
“The fight is based on principles and we will not allow anyone to play with the Hurriyat constitution,” Shah said. Hurriyat Conference has two factions – ‘moderate’ and hardline after the amalgam split in 2003. The factions are led by Mirwaiz and Syed Ali Shah Geelani respectively.
The leaders further stated that they intimated the Hurriyat leadership time and again about the differences so that they could be sorted out, but to no avail. The separatist leaders also stated that some leaders within the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat created confusion over dialogue.

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