Mirwaiz Urges Shabir To Join APHC
19 September 2003
News Network International
Srinagar: Moderate leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference led by Molvi Mohommad Abbaas Ansari are trying hard to convince the President of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah to join the conglomerate in a bid to push the hard-liners led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani to wall. In this connection, founder Chairman of the APHC Mirwaiz Umar Farooq held a hour long meeting with Shah and discussed the proposal of unity with him. 'We discussed the political situation and the meeting was held in a very conducive atmosphere. Shabir Shah's approach was very positive and he too was in favour of unity', said Mirwaiz. He said Shah has agreed to participate in the grand meeting of all the political constituents of APHC and other parties working outside the realm of the conglomerate to be held here very shortly. 'We will be announcing the state for the meeting so that all the parties and leaders meet and interact. We want to forge unity so that a combined fight is launched for the goal', he said. On the other side, Shabir Shah said his stand has been vindicated as now the Hurriet Conference is also talking of unity. He said he was approached by Mirwaiz and he held a meeting and discussed all options with him. 'I have always been maintaining if we have to achieve our goal we have to unite. Earlier no body was taking it seriously, but now all the people have felt the need for unity. Better late than never', he said. Shah further cautioned that if the separatist leadership does not realize the need of the hour, then they will perish and the sacrifices given by the people would go vain. The DFP chief said he would put across his point of view in the next meeting so that a broad based and joint platform is made which can fight for the goal. Meanwhile, Mirwaiz said that efforts are on to rope in other outfits and convince them to join the Hurriet Conference. He said he had held several rounds of meetings with People's party, Salvation Front and Bazm-e-Alhadees, all working outside the realm of Hurriyat, and asked them to join the alliance.