Srinagar: The storm kicked up by the Dubai conference is refusing to settle down, with Hurriyat Conference leader Manzoor-ul-Haq Bhat now calling it an “Indian conspiracy”. Manzoor-ul-Haq Bhat, who represents Prof Abdul Gani Bhat’s Muslim Conference, said in an interview to a daily Pakistani newspaper, Jehan Pakistan, that the Dubai conference furthered the “agenda set by Government of India”.
He expressed surprise at the presence of former Jama’at-e-Islami chief Abdul Rashid Turabi in the conference. “A probe has been initiated and after the report comes, a stand will be made public,” he said.
“The (Dubai) conference has no basis. The participants (at the conference) do not represent Hurriyat Conference,” he said.
Interestingly, PaK based Hurriyat Conference (M) convener, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, also participated in the conference.
Expressing surprise as to how the Jama’at in PaK (Pakistan-administered Kashmir) was not taking action against Turabi, Bhat said, “Turabi has been elevated as a special assistant by Siraj ul Haq despite the fact that it was being said that the PaK Jama’at was different from the Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan.”
Siraj ul Haq is chief of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan while Turbai formerly headed the Jama’at based in PaK and is currently a legislator of the local assembly.
Questioning who had given the mandate to leaders from PaK to meet those from India during the conference, Bhat said, “It was not expected of former Jama’at-e-Islami chief (Ab Rashid Turabi) to attend this conference.” However, he put on record that the Jama’at has played an “important role in the Kashmir struggle”.
London-based Conciliation Resources hosted a conference in Dubai from July 31 to August 2 in which people from both the divided parts of Kashmir, as well as from India and Pakistan, participated. The resolution adopted at the conference called for “cessation of hostilities on all sides”.
The conference came under sharp criticism from Hizbul Mujahideen and United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin, who termed it a “futile exercise” and those who participated in it as “working on payrolls”. The Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani also started its investigations and said that its representatives sitting across LoC have been asked to send a report in this regard. The Lashkar-e-Toiba also issued a statement against the conference.
In Srinagar, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat told Kashmir Reader, “We don’t have to do anything with it (Manzoor Bhat’s statement). We are silent as the Dubai Conference looks to many people as controversial. We have no knowledge about the conference. We know nothing why he made his comments.”