Rebellion In Moderate Hurriyat

21 November 2009
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: A storm is brewing within the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as some important constituents of General Council of the amalgam today held a secret meeting to deliberate prevailing situation in view of the internal bickering between the members of the powerful Executive Committee. 'A meeting was held here today to discuss the situation arising out of the discord between the members of the Executive Committee over the dialogue process for resolution of Kashmir issue,' an influential member of the General Council, who wished not to be named, told EXCELSIOR. The Hurriyat leader said the main concern of the general council members was the contradictory public stand taken by some of the members of Executive Committee on the dialogue process. 'We have the Hurriyat constitution to guide us through the dialogue process,' he said. While most of the moderate Hurriyat leaders in the Executive Committee are in favour of entering a dialogue process with the Centre and Pakistan simultaneously, Shabir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan have openly voiced their concerns over bilateral talks for resolution of Kashmir issue. During the marathon meeting on Thursday, the dissenting voices have called for unifying the separatist leadership to bring the hardline faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on board before starting the dialogue process. 'While the discussions today were fruitful, deliberations on the prevailing situation will continue tomorrow also. We expect to formulate a draft resolution to be put to the Executive Committee before taking any decision on entering into a dialogue process with either India or Pakistan,' the Hurriyat general council member said. He said the Executive Committee cannot take decision for the entire Hurriyat Conference without taking the General Council into confidence. 'This has happened in the past but we will not allow this to happen again. The General Council forms the pillar of strength of the Hurriyat Conference and it has to be taken into confidence before taking any decision either on broader issues like dialogue or internal matters like reorganization, which is long overdue now,' he added.