Differences in Hurriyat over talks with Kashmir Committee
14 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Serious differences have cropped up between various constituents of Hurriyat Conference over the issue of holding talks with the Kashmir Committee led by Ram Jethmalani as the recently released JKLF leader Yaseen Malik termed it as a ''publicity committee.'' After his release on parole after eight months in jail on the charges of funding militancy, Malik in his first press conference had devoted a long time on criticising the Kashmir Committee. The JKLF chairman again criticised the Kashmir Committee today saying ''the name of Kashmir Committee should be changed to publicity committee and it has no relevance at all.'' However, his statement was objected to by another executive member of Hurriyat Conference Bilal Lone, son of slain amalgam leader Abdul Gani Lone, who said ''anyone who wants to take the Kashmir issue forward, we are with him, be it Ram Jethmalani or anyone.'' Their statements were indicative of differences between various constituents of Hurriyat over their meeting with Kashmir Committee. It may be mentioned that acting chief of JKLF Javed Ahmed Mir had earlier criticised Mirwaiz Umer Farooq for his statement that Hurriyat would be facilitating visit of Kashmir Committee to Pakistan for holding talks with the regime in Islamabad and Pakistan''s Kashmir Committee.