Hurriyat Delays Agenda-setting For Dialogue

5 November 2009
Rising Kashmir
Hakeem Irfan

Srinagar: Considering Hurriyat restructuring as priority, Hurriyat (M) Thursday delayed agenda-setting for dialogue with New Delhi. Hurriyat executive council, general council and working committee had a detailed meeting at Rajbagh headquarters. The participants discussed the prevailing political scenario in the state especially the dialogue process with Delhi. Sources said divergent views were expressed by the members of the executive and general councils at the meeting and it was decided to meet again next week to reach a consensus on the offer of talks. The Prime Minister during his visit to Kashmir on October 28-29 had offered to talk with all shades of opinion in the state to resolve the Kashmir issue. “When the time comes we will decide about the agenda of the dialogue as well. Let there be any progress on it. We will be concentrating on restructuring of Hurriyat. We have asked our members from rural areas to work hard and be at their respective places,” Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Rising Kashmir. He claimed that there is a complete unanimity in approach of conglomerate. “There might be some differences in modalities but essentially we are in tandem with each other. We need to consolidate Hurriyat and make it more effective,” he said. The Hurriyat (M) chairman, however, stressed that every separatist leader will be taken into confidence before starting any dialogue process. “We are striving to formulate a joint strategy regarding any future decision,” Mirwaiz said adding, “Even if talks take place, we have made it clear that one round will be held with New Delhi and another with Islamabad.” On the rejection of Hurriyat (M) offer by Hurriyat (G) he said, “Although first round of dialogue was not that fruitful but we will continue our efforts and meet them again.” Mirwaiz said the meeting would not only be about dialogue process. “We want to formulate a joint strategy regarding the future peaceful resistance movement in Jammu and Kashmir”. Stating that international opinion is in favour of Kashmiri people, Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “It is politically good time and we should take advantage of the scenario.”