Hurriyat leaders are parrots of Pakistan: JKLF
3 July 2001
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Launching A tirade against the Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front on Tuesday charged the 23 party conglomerate with having "bargained with Pakistan all the sacrifices" made by Kashmiri people for independence. "Hurriyat Conference is nothing but an extension of Pakistani regime in Srinagar and they have been only parrot-narrating what their masters in Islamabad have wanted," General Secretary of JKLF and Convenor of Quami Mushawarti Council Haider Hijaji said. "We are not scapegoats for the national interest of Pakistan as projected by the seven jokers of the amalgam," Hijaji said referring to the seven executive members of the Hurriyat Conference. He said during the 12 year long turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, "while every second Kashmiri family had lost one of its kith and kin, the living status of Hurriyat Conference leaders had increased rapidly with every luxary of life." Warning people of the state against the "evil designs" of Pakistan, he said "Islamabad is never mentally prepared for a tripartite negotiations. They are only using Kashmiris as a fodder for fulfiling their national interests." Refusing to accept Yaseen Malik led JKLF as leader in favour of independence, he said "Malik was a product of long standing policy of Pakistan of creating renegades within the independence loving groups." Hijaji said Pakistan had been 'spending lavishly" on Hurriyat Conference for the services rendered in favour of Islamabad. "The regimes in Pakistan have been continuously showering all benefits on Hurriyat leadership and other groups in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir, who, in turn, dance to their tunes," he said. He said JKLF, under the leadership of Ammanullah Khan, had been always aware of Pakistan's nefarious designs, which have been very critical towards even the basic rights of Kashmiris. "The rejection of JKLF candidates in the farce of PoK elections is a naked example of this tendency from the Islamabad regime," he said. He termed as "eyewash" all the talks held by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf with the Kashmiri leaders including PoK-based Hurriyat Conference leaders before holding summit with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "He is meeting only those parties, which have been dancing to their tunes for long," he said. He also criticized Hurriyat leaders" recent move of seeking appointment with Vajpayee and Musharraf saying "they should involve Kashmiris. We will not beg for it." About the representative character of Hurriyat Conference, he said "their role has been limited to giving newspaper hilarious ideas for making cartoons."