Srinagar: Cozying up to each other, the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference and the Shabir Shah-led Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday announced to work jointly on “common issues” facing the “Kashmiri movement.”
Led by Geelani, both the Hurriyat factions participated in a sit-in protest at Hyderpora after the police foiled a seminar organized by Geelani’s Hurriyat on the 2010 killings.
Geelani had extended invitations to HCJK leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Khan, Yousuf Naqash and others to participate in the seminar. However, as police foiled the event, leader and supporters of the two Hurriyat factions broke the police cordon and held a symbolic sit-in protest on the Airport Road.
“We have decided to work on common issues jointly like -minded leaders,” Geelani said on the occasion.
Shah also said that the two factions would work jointly on common issues. When asked if he was hinting at a future alliance, Shah said: “We have almost the same stand on the Kashmir issue and we have decided to work jointly on certain issues and it may take any form in the future,” as the leaders of both the factions participated in sit-in protest at Hyderpora after the police foiled the Hurriyat (G) seminar.
Geelani also threatened an agitation if the government of India carved out separate zones for Kashmiri migrant pandits in the valley and rehabilitate the Pakistani refugees in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmiri pandits are part and parcel of Kashmiri society and are our brethren. We will welcome their return to their homeland,” he said. Shah said the HCJK held a similar stand on the issues.