July 2004 News

Hurriyat can’t be ‘softened’ so easily: Mirwaiz

21 July 2004
The Hindustan Times
Arun Joshi

Jammu: Mirwaiz Umer Farooq dismissed a proposed strategy of the Government of India to 'soften' Hurriyat Conference leaders by 'looking after them well' in a foreign country and denounced it as an 'act of madness, if it is correct'. 'I don't think any right thinking government would ever embark on such a childish way of doing things. It is ridiculous,' he told HT when asked about his reaction to the government’s proposed strategy on dealing with the secessionist conglomerate. 'It is ludicrous to even imagine that any amount of hospitality or comforts would make us change our minds… Those devising such strategies and hoping for results appear to have gone mentally bankrupt,' he said. Mirwaiz, the founder chairman of the undivided Hurriyat Conference and who is currently tasked with healing the divisions between its two factions,  said he and his colleagues were working to seek a permanent solution to the Kashmir crisis in a dialogue that involved the governments of India, Pakistan and  leadership of Kashmir.


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