I Was Framed By Hurriyat: Zamrooda

12 December 2009
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Alleging that her arrest was facilitated by Hurriyat Conference, chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Zamrooda Habib Saturday said nobody came to her rescue when she was detained in Tihar jail. Zamrooda was speaking after her book ‘Qaidi No. 100’ was released at a function in a local hotel here. “My arrest in New Delhi was facilitated by Hurriyat Conference. I was left in the middle of nowhere,” she said. Referring to the meetings of her family members with Hurriyat leadership, Zamrooda said, “My family approached the then Hurriyat chairman Prof Abdul Gani Bhat for help. Bhat avoided them by saying that I am a brave woman and will come out on my own after five years.” My family members also met Abbas Ansari. “He had behaved as if I was involved in some sort of sex scandal,” she said. About her family’s meeting with Fazl Haq Qureshi, she quoted Qureshi replying: “You should better go to Sonia Gandhi.” “I just realized after this that I have been made scapegoat of some conspiracy,” she added. The book “Qaidi No 100” narrates her ordeal in Tihar jail and was released by two women whose sons are languishing in jail for many years outside the state. Speaking on the occasion, Hurriyat (M) executive member, Shabir Ahmed Shah reiterated his willingness for unification of separatist leadership. “We stand by the 1993 constitution of Hurriyat and the joint agreement of 2008. The resistance leadership must be united for effective results and long term benefits,” said Shah. “We believe in implementation of UN resolutions for right to self-determination of people. And also we have shown flexibility and proposed tripartite talks as a way for resolution of issue,” he added. Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yaseen Malik said: “Whosoever wants merger with Pakistan should openly say it. They should not shy away from it. I want independent Kashmir and I am openly saying.” Malik also praised the effort of Zamrooda for penning down the jail ordeal and added, “JKLF offered Zamrooda help when she was arrested.” However, Zamrooda immediately retorted back saying, “Whatever Malik is saying is not right.” Chairman National Front, Nayeem Khan stressed on the need of change in the terminology in the conflict zone. “We are not separatists. We are mainstream people. We are representing the sentiment of masses. Even the resistance leadership should make a change in their usage of words,” said Khan. Hurriyat (G) spokesperson, Ayaz Akbar sarcastically praised India for being a good example of secular country. “If what India is doing in Jammu and Kashmir is secularism, then we definitely should praise it,” he said. “Leaders have to institutionalize the movement,” said senior journalist Zahiruddin who also compeered the function. Islamic students league Chairman Shakeel Bakhshi, Muhammad Yousuf Nadeem and representative of Duktaran-i-Milat, Naheeda Nasreen also spoke on the function.