Hurriyat Reunification Meeting Remains Inconclusive
9 May 2005
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The meeting of moderate and hardline factions of Hurriyat Conference on the reunification remained inconclusive on Monday and would continue on Tuesday to deliberate on the issue, the amalgam sources said. The meeting of general council and executive committee remained inconclusive as only few leaders were able to put forth their views on the issue on Monday, the sources said. They said the meeting would continue on Tuesday to allow other leaders to present their views on the issue. Almost all the leaders of Hurriyat including Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Abdul Gani Bhat and Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari refused to comment on what happened in the closed-door meeting that lasted nearly three hours. Although the moderates are keen on a complete merger of both the factions and roping in other separatist outfits, the hardline faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani wants to form a coordination committee to put up a united platform but wants to maintain the individual identity. According to the sources, reunification process has hit a road-block as Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front led by Mohammad Yaseen Malik is not happy with Geelani admitting Malik's former deputy Javid Ahmad Mir into his amalgam. The hardliners want to install Geelani as the undisputed leader of the unified amalgam which has also led to expression of reservations by some of the senior moderate leaders. Moderate leaders want dissolution of both the factions and holding of fresh elections for the post of chairman, the sources said.