Srinagar: Putting all speculations about unity among the pro-resistance camp to rest, the Hurriyat (G) has made clear that it (unity) shall remain a distant dream till all the players including Mirwaiz led Hurriyat and JKLF reject bilateralism and abide by the constitution of 1993.
“The APHC as a unit remained intact for ten years. Later there was a split. Why that unity broke?” We have to look into the reason behind that. Until we do not deliberate upon those reasons, calls for unity would prove to be mere slogans.” Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said.
On sharing stage with Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik, Geelani said the meeting was purely accidental. “It was a chance meeting. It was not a planned one,” he said.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) an umbrella of pro-freedom parties was found in March 1993 to find a political solution to the Kashmir issue. The Hurriyat Conference constitution rejects any solution to Kashmir dispute within the ambit of Indian Constitution and stresses for resolution through implementation of UN Resolutions or tripartite talks.
Syed Ali Geelani was its chairman for four terms before he left it in 2003 to form his own faction. The split was largely believed to have been caused by the alleged participation of Peoples Conference (PC) in the elections through proxies
Spokesman of Hurriyat (G), Ayaz Akbar said they have received some delegations from Hurriyat (M), but they were only concerned with the stand of West Pakistan refugees.
“We have given a unity call among pro-freedom leadership on August 28, 2014. We asked all pro-freedom parties who want to unite to come clear on various points. We want Kashmir solution either through UN resolution or through a tripartite dialogue. We asked them to clear their stand on elections. We have drawn lines. If somebody transgresses it, we won’t be part of that unity camp”.
However, Hurriyat (M), media advisor and spokesman, Shahid-ul-Islam said they have taken steps by constituting a two member talk team comprising Musadiq Adil and GN Zaki to negotiate terms and conditions of unity with different groups.
“The two member team met pro-freedom leaders Ashraf Sehrai, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah several times to discuss modalities for unity,” he said.
The process, he said is on and we are interested in a workable relationship between various groups. “We want to jointly issue programmes.’ He said.
He, however, cautioned that unity among the pro-freedom leadership was a “tough task”.
“We have got positive and negative feedbacks. But the process of forging unity is on. It is a continuous process,” Islam said.
Shahid said that conglomerate was a political forum where people come and go and as such splits do take place.
“There are political migrant birds in the fora, then there are invisible hands, and people come and go. Hence splits do occur,” he said, adding, “We stand by the constitution of 1993,” he said.
He said holding talks with India and Pakistan does not mean the conglomerate believes in bilateralism. “It was trilateral since we talked with both the countries who are stake holders to the dispute,” he said.
Nayeem Khan of Hurriyat JK said that unity and coordination among the Hurriyat leadership was imperative to foil the material designs of India.
“We formed coordination committee in 2008. But it could not work,” he said. “
He said there was need for learning from past mistakes. “Times has when we must join hands,” he said.