Mirwaiz, Team Off To Doda, Kishtwar

10 November 2009
Kashmir Observer

Srinagar: The chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, today set off with a delegation for a tour of the Doda and Kishtwar districts in a bid to reach out to the Muslim-dominated areas of the Jammu region. The trip follows the controversy in the pro-freedom alliance after comments by its former chairman, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, that the conglomerate could work with mainstream parties like the NC and the PDP to sort out the Kashmir issue. The Mirwaiz had described the remarks as Prof. Ghani’s personal views, but voices of dissent had been raised in the executive as well as the general councils. In the present tour, the Mirwaiz aims to apprise the people in the region about the Hurriyat’s efforts in trying to resolve the Kashmir issue, and convey the details of his recent visit to the US. A spokesman of the alliance said that the Mirwaiz and his team, which includes Bilal Ghani Lone, would address a number of public meetings during their tour in the twin mountain districts. In an attempt to reach out to Muslim majority districts of Jammu, a delegation of Hurriyat Conference (M) led by its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq left for Doda and Kishtawar districts on Tuesday. A Hurriyat Conference spokesman said that Mirwaiz would acquaint people of the districts regarding the attempts of the conglomerate to help solve the Kashmir issue. “Besides the attempts made by the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would apprise people about his recent visits to United State and other countries,” he added. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is scheduled to address various gathering during his visit to the twin districts, the spokesman added. The visit comes in the back drop of the recent controversy triggered by Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, former chairman and incumbent executive member, who proposed to sit together with the mainstream parties. While as Mirwaiz termed the comments by Bhat as personal, voices of dissent were raised by the other executive as well as general council members. The spokesman said that Hurriyat executive member Bilal Gani lone is also accompanying the conglomerate chairman.