Srinagar: Smaller constituents of Hurriyat Conference (G) have been asked by chairman Syed Ali Geelani to either merge with the grouping or unite among themselves to form a larger group, Kashmir Reader has learnt.
The octogenarian leader has suggested to the office holders of smaller parties, who are already ‘united on ideological lines’, to merge their parties under a single banner.
“There have been a few discussions on the issue and five parties might unite to form a single group,” a Hurriyat insider told Kashmir Reader on conditions of anonymity.
He said parties like People’s League have been urged to incorporate other parties in its fold.
The idea of a merger was also discussed at the Executive Meeting held at Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora on Sunday after a gap of seven months.
“Members or representatives of at least 18 parties attended Sunday’s meet,” Hurriyat spokesperson Ayaz Akbar said.
Akbar declined to comment on the outcome of yesterday’s meeting, but said talks have been held on unity among ‘like-minded people’ in the past too.
Formed in 2004, Hurriyat (G) is currently an amalgam of as many as 24 different pro-freedom parties, some of which are believed to be ‘one-man’ units.
Parties like Islamic Political Party, Democratic Muslim League, Mass Movement, Insaaf Party, Tehreek-e-Mazahmat, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, People’s Political League, Peirwan-e-Walayat and Social & Peace Forum, the constituent members in the Hurriyat (G) amalgam, according to sources, have less than a dozen active members.
Sources said that during the meet, several party members also expressed displeasure for being kept unaware about protest programmes during the six months of uprising last year.
It was learnt that Geelani asked several constituent members to show their ‘presence’ on the ground.
Pertinently, Pro-freedom parties like Shabir Shah led Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Nayeem Ahmad Khan led National Front and Aga Hassan Budgami led Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian joined Geelani’s Hurriyat in 2015 after parting their ways with Hurriyat (M).
Shah, Hurriyat (G) General Secretary, could not attend the executive meet as he is currently under house arrest.