IUM Says Mirwaiz Axed It Unheard, Illegally21 April 2011
Srinagar: A day after the Ittehad- ul-Muslimeen (IuM) was suspended from the Hurriyat (M) executive council by chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, over its patron Maulana Abbas Ansari receiving New Delhi’s interlocutors at home, the party termed the decision as “unconstitutional and unilateral” as “it had not been given a chance to be heard.” Stressing that it was “reacting to media reports” about its suspension, the IuM accused the Mirwaiz of having acted in haste, and said that it would furnish all details and circumstances of its patron’s meeting with the visiting team if the Hurriyat chairman wrote to it formally about his decision. “The Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen does not believe in hasty steps or severe reaction, but wants to resolve matters amicably and in the light of various facets of the freedom struggle,” the party said. It also said that suspending its patron, Maulana Abbas Ansari, had no meaning as he had withdrawn from the Hurriyat Conference two years ago during which the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen was being represented in the alliance’s executive council by its president Maulana Masroor Ansari. “The leadership of the Hurriyat Conference, particularly its chairman, are not aware of the circumstances under which the IuM patron received New Delhi’s interlocutors at home, and nor has the chairman sought any clarifications over the issue from our party so far,” the general secretary of the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Ghulam Hussain, said today. “The brief meeting with the interlocutors was purely out of Islamic courtesy and traditional Kashmiri hospitality,” the general secretary said. “How would the Hurriyat chairman himself have reacted if somebody came calling at his door?” “The Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen endorses the Hurriyat decision word for word that binds every member not to issue any invitations to the interlocutors at the individual level,” he said. “In this context, Maulana Abbas has neither held any negotiations with the interlocutors nor deviated from the Hurriyat stand, but only extended courtesy and respect to guests, which is a duty for every Muslim,” he said. “We believe that the interlocutors have no role in resolving the Kashmir, because the recommendations they are likely to make to the Indian government have already been conveyed to New Delhi by our meeting held at the prime minister’s level,” he said. “We have not received any written notice, letter or diktat over the suspension from the Hurriyat chairman yet, and if he informs the IuM formally, we will not only furnish the details and the circumstances of the meeting but also try our utmost to apprise him of the situation,” he said.