May 2001 News

Hurriyat not to be influenced by threats

3 May 2001
The Pioneer

Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference has said it would not be influenced by threats by certain groups and made it clear that it would hold talks with the Centre if it was for resolution of the Kashmir issue. 'Threats would not deter Hurriyat from taking a decision according to the wishes of Kashmiris,' Hurriyat executive member Abdul Ghani Lone said at a seminar here on Wednesday. He warned against attempts to bully the leaders into toeing any particular line of action, saying 'decisions made under duress are not in the interest of anybody.' Lone strongly criticised 'elements who tend to pre-judge the motives of the leaders even when they entered into any full-fledged negotiations,' indirectly referring to the threats issued by some militant groups against Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) president Shabir Ahmed Shah. Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat, who presided over the seminar, referred to the grenade attack on Hurriyat meeting recently and said such incidents would not intimidate Hurriyat. 'We will talk to New Delhi once these were for the resolution of Kashmir dispute,' he said. He underlined importance of the involvement of Pakistan and the necessity of giving Hurriyat an exclusive status for holding dialogue. Lone said he had his own perceptions about the Kashmir 'movement' and as such he should not be accused of conspiracy and sell-out for holding them. He said though he was against the decision of Shabir Shah to join the dialogue process at present, he respected the JKDFP leaders' right to do so. About the Hurriyat's decision of not involving itself with the 'non-serious' dialogue process, Lone said, 'Despite differences of opinion within it, the Hurriyat was capable of arriving at decisions unanimously.' Another Hurriyat executive member and firebrand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani echoed the views expressed by Lone and spoke against pre-judging leaders and threats to deter them from making any decision. 'Kashmir issue can be resolved as per the UN resolutions but if that is not feasible then the option of dialogue is open,' he said, adding the dialogue should be held under the supervision of UN or any 'friendly' country. He accused New Delhi of not being sincere about talks. Another Hurriyat leader Fazal-ul Haq Qureshi asked the Hurriyat to bring into its fold other separatist leaders including Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan of National Front, Farooq Rahmani of People's League and Azam Inquilabi of Quami Mushawarti Council.


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