SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has accepted the invitation of Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi for Eid Milan party.
The announcement comes two days after Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani announced to boycott the July 21 party.
The decision by Hurriyat(M) was taken at an extraordinary meeting of conglomerate’s executive committee members at Mirwaiz’s Nageen residence, a spokesman of the party said in a statement.
“It was decided that a two member delegation comprising of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Moulana Abbas Ansari would participate in the Eid Milan party. The decision was taken keeping in view the policy and principles of Hurriyat,” the spokesman said.
The Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit has invited pro-freedom leaders from Kashmir for a get together in the capital.
Geelani rejected the invite after Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, after a meeting in Russia, dropped the mention of Kashmir issue in their joint declaration after the talks.
“The participants in the meeting said that Hurriyat(M) has always advocated for the dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir and if any dialogue process takes place between the two countries ignoring Kashmir dispute and keeping Kashmiris out of any such process, would be a futile exercise,” the Hurriyat(M) spokesman said.
“The participants stated that Kashmir dispute was the core issue between the two countries while all other issues were of secondary importance and this point would be conveyed to Pakistani diplomats,” he said.
The participants demanded the unconditional release of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Kashmir and outside Kashmir jails on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
They stated that despite the terms of many of the prisoners have ended, they continue to languish in jails.
“Widespread crackdown on the Kashmiri youth has been started by the government forces across Kashmir which was a cause of concern and was a highly condemnable action,” the spokesman added.