Srinagar: After Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahudin lambasted the three-day Dubai Conference that called for “cessation of hostilities on all sides”, the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference has initiated an inquiry as to who gave consent to participants to attend the conference.
Hurriyat Conference (Geelani) Secretary-General Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi told Kashmir Reader, “We asked our people on both sides of Kashmir as to who gave consent to attend the conference in Dubai.”
“We did not send anyone (to the Dubai conference),” he said.
A three-day conference was held in Dubai hosted by British non-governmental organisation Conciliation Resources, in collaboration with the Kashmir Initiative Group, from July 31 to August 2, 2017.
Among the participants from Kashmir were human rights activist Khurram Parvez, National Conference leader Nasir Aslam Wani, Congress leader GN Monga, and journalists Shujaat Bukhari, Iftikhar Gilani and Zahir-ud Din. From Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) came Convener of the Hurriyat (Mirwaiz) Syed Fiaz Naqshbandi, Speaker of Assembly Ghulam Qadir, and legislators Abdul Rashid Turabi and Irshad Mehmood. Pakistan’s former army general Assad Durani, India’s Air Vice-Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, and BJP leader Vikram Randhawa were also participants and speakers at the conference.
“Abdul Rashid Turabi is not our member. He represents Jama’at-e-Islami (PaK). He does not come under the domain of Hurriyat Conference but we have asked as to how this all happened,” Sumjhi said.
Sources in the Hurriyat (G) said that the issue was discussed in the executive council meeting that was presided over by Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday. A senior Hurriyat leader said questions were raised in the meeting about the conference.
“There were people from National Conference (NC), Congress, and from India. We are checking the facts as to how the conference was managed, and who had directed (people from Hurriyat Conference) and given them consent to attend the conference?” sources within the Geelani-led Hurriyat added.
The Dubai Conference had passed a resolution that “cessation of hostilities be ensured on all sides”, while recommending that India and Pakistan return to the 2003 LoC ceasefire agreement signed between former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and then Pakistan president General Parvez Musharraf. Pakistani newspaper Awaaz-e-Kashmir had reported that the participants called for an “end to militancy” in the conference. But the NGO’s statement read “cessation of hostilities be ensured on all sides”.
Hizbul chief Syed Salahudin called the conference a “futile exercise” and termed its participants as “working on payrolls”.