March 2002 News

Hurriyat ''selling'' Kashmiris for personal benefits: Khan

8 March 2002
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Accusing the Hurriyat Conference of misleading and ''selling'' the entire population of Kashmir for their ''personal benefit'', militant- turned-leader Liaqat Ali Khan of Awami Leauge today charged them with keeping the ''fire'' of militancy burning only to line their pocket. ''Kashmiris, after an introspection, have realised that while they have suffered during militancy, it is only these leaders whose financial standing has increased manifold,'' Khan, who is organising a public rally in Srinagar tomorrow, told PTI. The public rally is aimed at garnering support during the polls scheduled in Jammu and Kashmir later this year, Khan, an Afghan-trained militant, who participated in the war along with Taliban to ''liberate'' Khost from Najibullah forces in 1994, said. ''We want to highlight the miseries brought in by Hurriyat leaders for Kashmiris and that these so-called representatives do not have spine to rescue people even after the September 11 attacks when the world opinion went against terrorism in any form,'' Khan, who will be re-aligning with Kuka Parrey’s Awami League at tomorrow’s rally, said. He said the raising of bogey of independent Kashmir or its annexation with Pakistan by Hurriyat Conference was an unrealistic dream. ''Now by raising the new bogey of forming a parallel Election Commission, the Hurriyat leaders are confusing the already pained Kashmiri people,'' Khan said. He accused them of being ''opportunist'' and said the only idea behind their announcement of Election Commission was to ''ensure flow of money from their sympathisers from the outside world.'' ''We have tasted the treatment of Pakistan and its ISI. Kashmiris should understand that Islamabad is only using Kashmir issue as a bogey to destablise India,'' Khan said. He said the confusion created by Hurriyat leaders at the behest of Pakistan had only paved the way for a ''family rule'' in the State. Hitting out at Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Khan said ''his Government has achieved new heights in the field of corruption and misgovernance which is further complicating the Kashmir situation.'' The Awami League leader said that his party would try to woo the voters of the State and make efforts to end the ''family rule'' in the State. Khan also said that he had made appeals to all shades of leaders including Hurriyat Conference to come foward and join hands in making the life of people in the State worth living. ''We have appealed even to the hardcore Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to join our front,'' the Awami Leauge leader said.


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