Hurriyat Suspends Top Members, Orders Gag

23 November 2009
Times of India


Srinagar: With differences over 'quiet dialogue' with Centre coming out in the open, the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference tried to set its house in order by suspending the general and executive councils, and ordered a 'gag' on public statements. The decision to suspend the organisational set up, including office-bearers, was taken at a meeting of the executive council, the highest decision making body of the separatist amalgam, its spokesman said. The Hurriyat faction, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, was virutally heading for a split as serious differences cropped up over the issue of 'quiet dialogue' with Centre on the Kashmir issue. A section of the general council, which had openly questioned the 'dictatorial attitude' of the Executive Council, wanted a role in the decision-making meetings. Today's meeting condemned the statements of a few general council members who criticised the leadership. 'The statement against the leadership not only tantamounts to violation of the Hurriyat constitution but also hurt the united interests,' he said. Meanwhile, Monday’s meeting was also inconclusive on its response to talks with the Centre.