Hawks See Opportunism In U-turn By Salahuddin
28 February 2007
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The announcement of United Jihad Council's (UJC) support for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's 4-point proposal is evoking strong reactions from hardline separatist leaders. Close on the heels of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani's severe criticism of the UJC move, Chairman of the Muslim League (ML), Masarat Alam, on Wednesday categorically ruled out Musharraf's proposals being even the basis for a solution. Alam is also a senior member of Geelani's Hurriyat faction. At a press conference here, Alam took on UJC Chairman Syed Salahuddin, terming his lenient view of Musharraf's formula as 'an exercise in political convenience'. Alam said his organisation would ensure that no solution justifying continued presence of security forces was imposed. He said the UJC decision had hurt the pro- plebiscite leadership in Kashmir. 'Yes, we are hurt by the UJC about- turn. But not disappointed. We will go ahead and pursue our goal, complete freedom, no matter however unfavourable conditions become,' said Alam. He said people shouldn't 'fall prey to a solution that may bring temporary relief but will compound difficulties in future'.