May 2000 News

Hurriyat working for Pakistan

18 May 2000
Hindustan Times

Srinagar: FAROOQ ABDULLAH today called '' Hurriyat Conference, a party of Pakistan'', working in the interests of Islamabad and urged the ''people not to trust this party'' because its support to violence has ''unleashed death and destruction'' in the Valley. Mr Abdullah was speaking to the people at Mundipora, Dooru, in South Kashmir, that was witness to the killing of the State''s Power Minister Ghulam Hassan Bhat in a landmine explosion on Monday. Today was the fourth-day ceremony of the slain minister, which was attended by leaders and legislators of almost all the main stream political parties. He accused the Hurriyat leaders of seeking guidance from the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. ''Do you think it can ever happen in Pakistan that anti-Pakistan elements can visit the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. They would be hanged''. Mr Abdullah reiterated that it was a ''conscious decision in 1947 to accede Kashmir to India and that cannot be reversed''. He attempted to raise the spirits of his party men reminding them that they have made sacrifices since 1931 and this was not something new. He also sought to tell the Centre that it was about time it pulled out Jammu and Kashmir from the economic quagmire in which it is right now. London: As speculation grows concerning talks between the Indian Government and the APHC, the President of a prominent overseas Kashmiri organisation has criticised Hurriyat leaders for putting out ''contradictory'' statements. He has called on Hurriyat leaders to show a united front in any discussions that may take place, agencies add. Dr Ayyub Thukar, president of the London-based World Kashmir Freedom Movement, has written to the Hurriyat''s chairman and executive council, saying that the statements they have been issuing ''seem to be driven by some contradictions.''


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