PoK Parties Don't Accept Hurriyat
22 September 2005
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: The leader of the All Parties National Alliance from PoK has questioned the All Party Hurriyat Conference's legitimacy as the sole representative of the people of J&K. Arif Shahid, chairman of APNA and secretary general of the Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Front, told HT, 'We don't accept them as representative of the peoples of J&K.' The APHC has neither the representation nor the power to offer a solution to the Kashmir issue by itself, he said. Shahid was reacting to a question on the meetings the APHC has had with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. His party is in favour of a united and independent J&K. APNA - a grouping of 12 pro-independence parties - is campaigning for this cause in PoK. These parties also reject Musharraf's proposed solution of a seven-part division of Kashmir. 'Musharraf's seven-part theory is a repetition of the two-nation theory,' says Shahid. 'We don't want any ethnic divisions.'