October 2002 News

Centre can’t wish us away: Hurriyat chief

25 October 2002
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Hurriyat chairman Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat today said he was least perturbed over the ‘‘propaganda’’ about the conglomerate becoming redundant after the recent elections in J-K. ‘‘Hurriyat has a definite role in resolution of the Kashmir issue and I am not ready to be guided by the wishful thinking of some people in India that elections had resolved everything in J-K,’’ he said. Asked whether the Hurriyat felt the Peoples’ Democratic party — led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed — could become an instrument of change in J-K, Bhat said: ‘‘We would have to see what they do.’’ He said the accolades New Delhi won for conducting free and fair elections in J-K did not diminish the importance of resolving the Kashmir issue. Although Bhat said he had ‘‘come to Delhi to meet friends’’ sources said he, along with some other Hurriyat leaders like the Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, had been invited for a dinner meeting by the Pakistani deputy High Commissioner Jalil Abbas last night. A Hurriyat source said the meeting was called to ‘‘discuss the post-election scenario in J-K.’’


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