SRINAGAR: Amid widening of cracks in the Hurriyat Conference (M), one more of its constituents, the J&K People’s League (JKPL), has announced to work as a “single, independent” party.
Already-divided JKPL, a faction of which has been a constituent of the Hurriyat (M), Wednesday announced its restructuring with Bashir Ahmad Tota as and Ghulam Mohammad Darzi as its new chairman and vice-chairman, respectively. And the restructured version, as claimed by the JKPL leaders, include the members who were until now a part of Hurriyat (M).
“We have restructured the party, and it is now a single party including the members who were part of the amalgam. JKPL will be working independently under the chairmanship of Bashir Ahmad Tota,” the office bearers of the party announced in a press conference here.
The party was represented in Hurriyat (M) by Mukhtar Ahmad Waza along with its several members, but its second faction has been operating independently. Reportedly, Waza was called back by the independent faction sometime ago, but he turned down the call and claimed to be representing “real” JKPL. However, there was no word on Waza as to whether he too has dissociated from Hurriyat (M).
“For now we will work independently, but we will hold meeting and consultations with other parties to decide the future course we may be taking,” the members said.
Development follows the informal announcement of a third faction of Hurriyat Conference by Hurriyat (M’s) estranged, though senior, leaders, including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, and Azam Inqilabi. Earlier this week, they reacted strongly to a secret communiqué by the Mirwaiz to the amalgam’s convener in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) against them.
The estranged leaders had accused some unnamed Hurriyat (M) members of “sell out” and of trying to prevent the amalgam from becoming a public platform.
The members of JKPL too accused “some” pro-freedom leaders of trying to enter into a 1975-like accord with New Delhi.
“Some pro-freedom leaders are trying to reach an agreement with India similar to the one between Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Indira Gandhi in 1975. A situation conducive for the agreement is being created. We need to be vigilant,” they said.
However, like the estranged leaders, JKPL leaders too didn’t name anyone.
“We know who they are, but we will not disclose their identity at this stage. For now, we appeal them to return from the track they are following,” they said.