Shabir Shah resigns from Hurriyat JK

Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Senior pro-freedom leader and one of the founders of Hurriyat JK- touted to be real forum of resistance politics- Shabir Ahmad Shah Wednesday resigned from the conglomerate.
Sources in the Hurriyat JK said that the representatives of the five constituents wanted to give structure to the political forum- a move resisted by Shah.
“Today we held a meeting in this regard at National Front office. When we discussed about the structure, Shah fumed. Soon heated debate ensued,” sources said. “In a fit of rage, Shah raised his arms and said he won’t be part of the JK Hurriyat. He resigned from his post”.
Shah could not be contacted for the comment over the issue.
However, Hurriyat JK leader, Nayeem Khan denied Shah had left the forum and even said the forum held the meeting at his party office in a cordial atmosphere.
“We discussed the current political scenario. The meeting ended on a friendly note,” he claimed
Another leader of the amalgam said Shah was exclusively called to the National Front office to discuss how to give structure of the forum.
“Shah was the only name which appears in the press releases issued from the forum. He held no position but it appeared he was the de facto chairman,” the leader said. “This issue was being discussed for quite some time. Today we met and he resisted the move and left.”
Shah launched the Hurriyat Conference JK last year after it split from the Hurriyat M headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq over the issue of restructuring the conglomerate by expanding its executive council.
Shah who then termed the Hurriyat Conference JK as real Hurriyat had said the forum will act as a resistance platform for the people
The resignation of Shah signifies the deepening cracks among the pro-resistance camp with only the Geelani faction emerging as the strong force.
Last week six general council members of Hurriyat M left over amalgam’s “failure to restore” its 1993 constitution.
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 have quit the conglomerate over its alleged failure to restore the 1993 constitution.