Srinagar: Chief of his faction of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, the JKLF-H, Javid Ahmad Mir said on Tuesday that he has formally quit the Hurriyat Conference-led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The 56-year-old pro-freedom leader told Kashmir Reader, “differences between me and Mirwaiz sahab-led Hurriyat (Conference) had started in last September”.
“A week ago, I sent a written communication to my representative across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Kashmir. I have written that my faction of JKLF would no longer be part of Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat,” he said.
Mir, however, stopped from detailing reasons as why he left the Hurriyat Conference. “I was sidelined by Hurriyat (Conference) since my eyes were operated upon… in September 2016 and in January 2017,” he said.
“My letter has reached top Hurriyat Conference leaders across LoC and it has been accepted,” he added.
“I and my party support Hurriyat Conference, but JKLF has a distant identity,” he asserted. But we respect all leaders including Geelani sahab, Mirwaiz sahab and Malik,” he added.
Mir parried the question about whether he had sent his resignation letter to Mirwaiz.
Mir started attending pro-freedom programmes since his student days in 1979 and has, so far, spent nearly eight years behind bars.
When the armed uprising started in the late 1980s, Mir was part of the HAJY group of JKLF militants, with Yasin Malik, Hamid Sheikh and Ashfaq Wani, and launched many youth to fight Indian forces. However, in 1994, the JKLF laid down arms for a peaceful struggle.
The news of Mir’s resignation from Hurriyat Conference (M) came on the day when Prof Abdul Gani Bhat of the amalgam violated the joint resistance leadership diktat regarding meeting the government of India’s special representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma.