Hurriyat Leaders Assailed
12 July 2005
New Delhi: The recent visit by a delegation of the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference to Pakistan has not helped the Kashmiri cause in any manner, according to the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, parent wing of the Lashkar- e-Taiba. The June issue of Voice of Islam, the Jamaat mouthpiece, posted on the Internet, praised hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's decision not to visit Pakistan, saying he was seeing 'things in the right perspective' and 'acting in accordance' with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. The magazine said Islamic and patriotic people were 'stupefied' at how the Hurriyat functionaries calling themselves leaders of the oppressed Kashmiris when they were in tune with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's 'distorted plans' to solve the Kashmir issue through talks with India. 'Have these [Hurriyat] leaders forgotten the sacrifices and determination of the Kashmiri people? This was the cause that no party or leader who is in favour of Kashmiris' struggle and jihad never met these touring APHC leaders nor supported their visit.' The journal claimed that the confidence of the Kashmiri people in the Pakistani Government had been totally shattered. 'Despite the highly obstinate attitude of Manmohan Singh ... Pakistani rulers are showing their inability to understand the real gravity of the situation and their own responsibilities and sadly the touring APHC leaders have showed themselves in tune with these Pakistani leaders.' From here, the article launches into a personal attack on the Pakistan President.