Was Abdul Gani aware of attack?
13 December 2001
The Times of India
M SALEEM PANDIT TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: ''Wait for 12 hours, a very important event is going to unfurl!'' These words uttered by Abdul Gani Bhat, the chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference at a Press conference here on Wednesday have assumed significance in view of fidayen (suicide) attack by a group of terrorists in Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday morning. The Hurriyat chairman, who was flanking the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation leader Yasin Malik at the Press conference on Wednesday had chipped in to say that ''it is a matter of 12 hours!'' The inquisitive reporters, when insisted on elaboration of the statement, Bhat had said, ''Can''t you wait for 12 hours?'' But on Thursday, Bhatt condemned the attack on Parliament and said an inquiry must be ordered at the international level to determine who conducted the attack. He said the Hurriyat had always condemned the terrorist acts in all forms and therefore, the Hurriyat chairman can never ever know about the terrorist attacks before hand, the spokesman pointed out. Asked about his forecast of a major event happening within 12 hours, Bhat said, ''My words have proved right and the event happened one hour before the deadline, but not in Asia.'' ''An event has taken place outside Asia as predicted by me and the people of Kashmir will taste it in the near future as the development is very good for them,'' Bhat said, without elaborating further. A Hurriyat spokesman, however, ''denied any link of the terrorist attack on Parliament with Wednesday''s statement'' of the Hurriyat chairman. The spokesman, Shiekh Abdul Rashid, said ''what the chairman meant was that the Kashmir issue gained significant attention of the world bodies including the US after the September 11 attacks.'' He said the Hurriyat had always condemned terrorist acts in all forms and therefore, the chairman could never know about the attacks beforehand. The Hurriyat chairman, who was flanking the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation leader Yasin Malik at the Press conference on Wednesday, had chipped in to say that ''it is a matter of 12 hours'' When inquisitive reporters insisted on elaboration of the statement, Bhat had said, ''Can''t you wait for 12 hours?'' However, Yasin Malik, the JKLF and Hurriyat leader, without offering the details, said ''I would like the people of Kashmir to know that my interactions in the United Sates were through at all levels of the US socio-political frame work and with those who really matter.'' Malik said that the Kashmir issue was ''heading towards a permanent solution given the world attention it had gained.''