Kashmir Bar Association forsees Hurriyat reunion
24 April 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
Srinagar: The president of Kashmir Bar Association Mian Abdul Qayoom expressing optimism that the process of reunification of rival factions of the Hurriyat Conference would succeed. 'We are on it (reunification). Going by the response we are hopeful of success,' Qayoom said on Saturday. Kashmir Bar Association is one of the seven separatists organisations which have taken the responsibility of uniting the two factions of Hurriyat. Refusing to divulge details about the progress made in this regard, Qayoom said 'the process of reunification of the rival factions is on and it would show good results shortly'. 'We all are in favour of the united Hurriyat which is in the best interests of the ongoing movement and the people of the state,' he said Besides Kashmir Bar Association, erstwhile constituents of Hurriyat- JKLF, Democratic Freedom Party led by Shabir Ahmad Shah, Jamaat-e-Islami, Peoples League headed by Aheikh Abdul Aziz, Jamiat-e-Aliheedas, and Jamiat-e-Hamadani have formed Ittehaadi Force (unification force) to compel the two factions of the Hurriyat to unite. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani took a tough stand on the alleged proxy participation of Peoples Conference in the 2002 assembly elections and asked Hurriyat to take action against its constituent. However, Hurriyat refused to oblige leading to the split in the separatists conglomerate.