Srinagar: Taking cognizance of the “breach in discipline” by one of its executive members, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has issued a show-cause notice to president of Muslim Conference, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, to “clear his position” on his reported meeting with Government of India’s (GoI) special representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma.
A source in Hurriyat Conference (M) told Kashmir Reader that a notice has been issued to Bhat asking him to “come clear on his reported meeting with Dineshwar Sharma”.
“After it was reported that Bhat sahib has met Sharma, it created ripples in the forum because the joint resistance leadership (JRL) had decided against it,” the source said. “Finally, it was decided to formally ask Bhat sahib to answer the notice regarding such reports, so as to maintain internal discipline in the Hurriyat Conference.”
Prof Bhat, meanwhile, conceded that he met two persons at his residence on the evening of November 27. He remained tight lipped on the identity of these two guests. Another Hurriyat Conference leader was reportedly present during the meeting which took place during Sharma’s second trip to Kashmir after his appointment on October 24.
“Two persons (a Kashmiri Pandit and another non-local) visited my home on November 27 at around 9:30pm.We had a general discussion on Kashmir. There was no other Hurriyat leader present as is being said in media circles,” Prof Bhat said.
Bhat alleged that some people were making “conspiracies and playing a guessing game” to create confusion within the resistance leadership.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader when news broke that he had met Sharma, Prof Bhat had said, “I am a great supporter of dialogue and have no reservations, unlike the JRL.”
“The JRL has reservations, but I don’t. You see, they (the JRL), too, are supporters of dialogue but they have reservations. I will even talk to the devil if it is about Kashmir,” Prof Bhat had said while talking to Kashmir Reader.
Prof Bhat leads his faction of the Muslim Conference and holds an influential position in the Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
“I don’t play politics on the blood and tears of the masses. There is no place for dictatorship in a movement. Dictatorship can happen in politics but not in a movement that is fighting for a cause,” Prof Bhat said today.