Hurriyat rebels advocate ‘grand alliance’

Srinagar: Six rebel members of the Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday mooted the idea of a “grand alliance” among the pro-freedom groups for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
“Unity was always our concern, not the membership of the executive council. The 1993 constitution, which was written by senior resistance leaders, is clear about unity. So we will work towards forging a grand alliance to bring all the pro-freedom groups under one platform,” said one of the six members on the condition of anonymity.
Last week, Zafar Akber Bhat of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Saleem Geelani of Jammu and Kashmir National Peoples Party, Hakeem Abdur Rashid of Muslim League, Yasmeen Raja of Muslim Khwateen Markaz, Bashir Andrabi of Kashmir Freedom Front and Shahid Saleem of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement quit the Hurriyat Conference over its alleged failure to restore the 1993 constitution.
In response, the Hurriyat (M) had said that the members left because they wanted to be inducted into the executive council and the talk about the constitution was only a ruse.
The alliance idea, the rebel member said, will not find instant takers since there were a few self-centered leaders in the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat Conference who don’t want the resistance groups to unite.
Rebuffing the Hurriyat Conference (M) statement that had said that the members were keen to be made part of the executive council, the leader questioned why senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah quit the executive council of the amalgam to float another amalgam.
“And before Shabir Shah, Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Nayeem Ahmad Khan had left. Either all of them were wrong or something was wrong with the All Parties Hurriyat Conference,” he said, adding, “Our only difference with Hurriyat Conference (M) is the restoration of 1993 constitution. Unity is the most important component of the constitution.”
Echoing the same view, Muslim Khwateen Markaz chairperson, Yasmeen Raja said the Hurriyat Conference chairman must make public her name along with the evidence if she has ever demanded a berth in the highest body of the amalgam.
“We are happy as foot soldiers of the movement. A membership in executive council will do no good to us. Our only desire is to see the pro-freedom groups together,” she said.
“Mirwaiz is my brother. I have no complaints against him. However, he is time and again misled by his advisors. I don’t believe in mud sledging but those working for agencies are well known to the people of Kashmir,” she added.
Referring to the senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Yasmeen said that he met the Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayed when the elections were held.
“And it was Mufti, who as India’s Home Minister committed atrocities upon people of Kashmir. And under his reign, the funeral procession of Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq was fired upon. Now how is he a friend?” she said.
She also castigated Bhat for violating the Hurriyat Conference constitution by terming United Nations resolution of Jammu and Kashmir as irrelevant.
“The constitution says that the solution to Kashmir issue has to be found under UN resolutions or tripartite talks, involving pro-freedom leadership and Pakistan as well. Then how can bilateral talks lead to a solution,” she said.
Yasmeen said that the rebel members have received offer from Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) to join the amalgam. Some members, she said might also be in touch with Geelani-led faction.
“MKM will decide about the future strategy in a meeting that will be held Tuesday. Whatsoever will be the decision, it will be conveyed to the public,” she said.