Money Is No Problem, We Are Restructuring: Mirwaiz

2 February 2009
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Stating that finance is no problem for the conglomerate, Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said the movement powered by popular sentiment cannot fall short of resources. Talking to Rising Kashmir over phone, Mirwaiz said, “Finance is no problem as the movements powered by the popular sentiment cannot fall short of the resources. We have enough resources but we will not let it go waste”. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said that they are in a process of restructuring and rationalizing the resources. “This is not the movement of the salaries and payments. We have to be committed for a cause and voluntary effort will be appreciated and encouraged,” he said. However, Mirwaiz was quick to add that the basic needs of the fulltime workers will be taken care of. Stating that he had started a fund raising organisation ‘Darul Khairaat’ few months back, Mirwaiz said, “The response from masses has been tremendous. We are receiving getting huge donations and have the responsibility of using the peoples’ money in a judicious way.” Citing the example of the summer 2008 anti-India protests, Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “People paid voluntarily for petrol and diesel of vehicles during the TRC, Eidgah and Pampore chalo rallies. Even during the blockade and curfew people donated generously.” About the restructuring at the organizational units, Mirwaiz said, “Culture of many parties is to be checked. Everybody cannot be a chairman and the splinter groups will be made to elect their leaders democratically.” He said that the leaders will be asked to move to their areas of influence and launch a massive public awareness campaign at the grass root level. “We need to address people in the rural areas. They are paying taxes and we will force the authorities to fulfil all the promises made with them,” he said. “I have put my foot down and will go ahead with the plan even if some of my colleagues differ with me”, added the Hurriyat (M) chairman.