December 2000 News

Hizb warns Hurriyat against ''deviating from goal

19 December 2000

SRINAGAR: The Hizbul Mujahideen has criticised Sunday''s clash between the leaders of the Hurriyat Conference and warned it against deviating from the movement''s goal of a negotiated settlement of the Kashmir issue. The attempt to raise the issues of accession with Pakistan and independence at this crucial juncture will prove detrimental to the movement, Hizbul spokesman commander Masood said in a statement released to the local press. Expressing dismay over the incident, he said although the Hizbul favoured merger of J&K with Pakistan, the outfit would not cause a conflict on the issue at this crucial moment, reports PTI. Commander Masood said there was no reason to doubt the integrity of the Hurriyat leaders, but if incidents of brow-beating were a deliberate attempt to divert the movement then Hurriyat leaders should be taken to task. Masood, however, said the leadership should be given another chance to carry forward the movement. The spokesman warned Hurriyat leaders against taking the people for a ride and expect them to follow their moves like dumb cattle. ''Time has come when Kashmiris demonstrate to the world that they are in favour of a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the long pending dispute of Kashmir'', he said. ''If india moves ahead one step it will take two steps towards resolution of the Kashmir problem'', the spokesman said. ''But it appears India is not sincere in its initative and its only aim is the restoration of peace not the resolution of the issue'', the commander charged. Meanwhile, the Shabir Ahmad Shah-led J&K Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) expressing surprise over Sunday''s clash, said the incident betrayed a non-serious attitude of the political leadership towards the new challenges. In a statement issued here on Tuesday a spokesman of the party said such incidents could prove fatal for the ongoing movement. Terming the incident as a ''shameful act'' the spokesman said it only reflects the mentality of the leaders. The spokesman said it was because of the sacrifices of mujahideen (militants) that the political leadership emerged and was recognised. However, by resorting to infighting the leader was hurting the movement. Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees, while strongly condemning the clash has said that ''such incidents will pave the way for anti-movement elements to take over the movement''. Jamiat president Moulvi Mohammad Farooq asked ''what can people expect from the leaders who resort to unparliamentary language even on trivial issues. How can these leaders face the world tomorrow.'' ''Hurriyat was not the representative of Kashmiris as every Kashmiri was mature enough to represent himself now'', the Maulvi said.


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