Show Tolerance To Differing Views: Lone On Mirwaiz Attack17 December 2011
Baramulla: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference Bilal Gani Lone Sunday asked the pro-freedom leadership to demonstrate 'tolerance for each other’s viewpoint and ideas'. Addressing a gathering of the party workers at Janbazpora Baramulla, Lone, who is the executive member of Hurriyat Conference (M) said: 'Leadership needs to exhibit broadmindedness and accept others existence for carrying the movement forward. There can be diverse views on the vital subjects, but divergences can be narrowed down, otherwise, Kashmiris would be losers if we will try to dislodge each other.' His statement comes after Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was attacked while addressing a gathering in Sopore town of North Kashmir- considered to a bastion of chairman of parallel faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Lone said: 'Elements conspiring against them within their Hurriyat need to isolated and added that this killer mentality also snatched visionary leaders from Kashmiris in the past and time has come to defeat it.' Condemning the attack on Mirwaiz in Sopore, he said: 'Those behind the act are biggest enemies of the Kashmiris and only embolden the hands of the enemies of the movement.' Asking leadership to review their strategy, Lone said: 'The strategy should be in consonance with the ground realities and changing global realities.' Lone, however, said: 'Review doesn’t mean that pro-freedom leadership should succumb to the pressure from external or internal forces, but it implies to adapt to the changing situation.' He also said leadership shouldn’t remain an 'illusion' that India and Pakistan will choose leaders of Kashmiris, but 'ultimately people have to decide on their representatives at an apt moment'. Lone also asked Pakistan not to give precedence to the secondary issues with India and added that the grant of Most Favored Nation (MFN) Status to India by the country would have negative impact on the Kashmir issue. He also said: 'Kashmiri leadership cannot arrest the pace of India-Pakistan dialogue process, but it depends upon the capabilities of local leadership to get best extract for the Kashmiris.' He asked people to differentiate between them and pro-Indian camp saying, “We represent the sentiments, while National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party exploit the sentiment for attaining power”.