MJC supports change in APHC leadership
10 September 2003
Our Staff Correspondent
MUZAFFARABAD: The Muttahidda Jihad Council (MJC), an alliance of Kashmiri Mujahideen groups, on Wednesday supported the no-confidence move against the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Maulvi Abbas Ansari , claiming that the change of leadership had been effected by absolute majority of the conglomerate. 'The change of leadership is the basic right of the Hurriyat members and the MJC fully supports the change which has unanimously been brought about by the absolute majority,' said the alliance at an 'exclusive meeting' which was presided over by its chairman Syed Salahuddin, according to a statement. The meeting discussed recent developments in the Hurriyat, whose four hard-line member parties and nine splinter groups from other outfits filed the no-confidence motion on Sunday against Mr Ansari. The executive council of the Hurriyat, however, termed the action of the rebels who support hard-liner Syed Ali Geelani as 'unconstitutional' and said they would be served 'show- cause notices' to explain why they took such a step. 'The MJC expresses the hope that the new leadership will make all out efforts to restore the (Hurriyat's) lost goodwill and public confidence,' said the alliance, whose dominant constituent is Mr Salahuddin's Hizbul Mujahideen. The Hizb, the largest pro-Pakistan group in Kashmir, has always supported and defended Mr Geelani who himself is a strong advocate of Kashmir's accession to Pakistan and also a former Hurriyat chairman. 'We expect that the new leadership would properly guide the oppressed Kashmiris and would not allow anyone to sell out the sacrifices of 500,000 people offered since 1947,' the MJC said, expressing the hope that the new leadership would utilize its fullest abilities to take the ongoing struggle to its logical end. The Kashmiri people and the Mujahideen had supported the Hurriyat leaders in the past so long as they stuck to their nation's principled stand with strong conviction, recalled the alliance, adding that the situation would remain unchanged in future. The MJC also called upon the Hurriyat leaders to demonstrate civility while they talk about their differences. 'To this day, our leadership has passed through different stages with patience and perseverance and they need to carry on the same spirit at this moment.' The MJC reiterated its resolve to continue the struggle at every front till the liberation of Kashmir from India.