All’s not well within Hurriyat (G), say insiders

Srinagar: Resentment is brewing among the constituents of the pro-freedom grouping, the Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani, sources said.?
General secretary of the Hurriyat Shabir Shah told Kashmir Reader that there are certain individuals who are trying to create a wedge among the constituents of the group.
“There are some elements that are trying to create certain fault-lines within the party,” Shah said.
Shah, who heads the Democratic Freedom Party, one of the 24 constituents of amalgam, said that attempts are being made to ‘sabotage’ the unity forged by pro-freedom parties.
Shah, however, added that the attempt to create divides is coming not from within the Hurriyat but from ‘outsiders’.
Shah has not been able to take part in any of the formal meeting of the conglomerate since November 2015 as the government has restricted his movement.
Several insiders, privy to the affairs of the Hurriyat told Kashmir Reader that the unity forged last year between the two Hurriyat factions – one led by Geelani and the other by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – and the Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is surviving on tenterhooks. Some of the constituent groups of the Geelani-led Hurriyat are also growing wary of Yasin Malik, the party insiders said.
“There was an issue over the inclusion of a certain way of protest in the fortnightly resistance calendar which the Hurriyat (G) doesn’t recognise,” sources said.
The resentment among certain party quarters also grew recently, after several members expressed concerns over the actions of Altaf Shah, a member of the executive committee of the Hurriyat. Questions were asked on whether any ‘influence’ was wielded in the appointment of Altaf’s son in government service. Altaf is also Geelani’s son-in-law.
Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader that there is no resentment in the party. “Such information is usually circulated on social media, but no constituent of the party has expressed any such concerns as yet,” the spokesperson said.