November 2006 News

Mirwaiz Farooq re-elected Hurriyat Chairman

7 November 2006
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: Mirwaiz Omar Farooq on Tuesday was re-elected Chairman of the moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Announcing the decision at the end of the party's executive and general council meeting, spokesman Abdul Gani Bhat, said: 'Mohammad Omar Farooq was chosen as chairman from now onwards for two years.' The election was important as the APHC was 'trying to move forward in a specific direction while working on a political agenda.' Mr. Bhat said a Hurriyat delegation would meet Pakistan Foreign Secretary during his visit to New Delhi on November 14 'to discuss the situation with reference to the dynamics of the changes happening across the globe, particularly in the sub-continent.' Syed Ali Shah Geelani, leader of the Hurriyat's hardline faction, is also likely to meet the Pakistan Foreign Secretary. On the Mirwaiz's trip to Cairo to attend a conference organised by Pugwash, Mr. Bhat said the Hurriyat leader was going both in his capacity as head priest (Mirwaiz) of Kashmir and APHC Chairman. Hence, he would deliberate on 'Islam and West' as well as 'give vent to the aspirations of the people of J&K.' At the meeting, the APHC pledged its support to the ongoing dialogue process between India and Pakistan. 'Let there be no mistake about it, let there be no miscalculations about it that we pledge our unflinching support to the dialogue process which involve directly India and Pakistan and indirectly the APHC as well,' Mr. Bhat said. 'And to cap it all, we pledge our support to the Pakistan President for his efforts towards finding an acceptable, durable and honourable solution to the Kashmir problem.'


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