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HURRIYAT UNITY ON HORIZON

• Agree on self-determination as bottom-line

• 6-member committee to formalize reunion

Srinagar, June 19: The two factions of Kashmir’s main pro-freedom conglomerate, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, today created a history of sorts when Mirwaiz Umar Farooq met with Syed Ali Shah Geelani at the latter’s Hyderpora residence after about five years of their estrangement. The marathon 6-hour meeting culminated on a significant note with both the leaders jointly briefing the media and announcing the formation of a committee to hammer out the modalities for unification of the two factions, which had parted ways in 2003.

While retaining their separate identities “for the time being,” the leaders of the two factions signed a joint document spelling out their firm resolve to evolve a joint mechanism to further strengthen the struggle for achieving the right of self-determination and to work out the modalities for total unification. 

India and its stooges are killing Kashmiris and occupying their land. The Hurriyat has decided to have a joint strategy to tackle it, as it is the question of our future. We have to expose New Delhi’s nefarious designs. We discussed India’s cultural aggression on Kashmir. I’m happy that our efforts are going in the right direction,” the Mirwaiz told the media persons.

It may be recalled the Hurriyat Conference had split in September 2003 following the differences over the “participation” in the 2002 assembly elections.

On May 21,2004 in a crowded Public gathering at martyrs graveyard in Iddgah, Srinagar then Hurriyat chairman Maulana Abbas Ansari had announced that he was resigning his post in an effort to bring about the reunification of the coalition's factions. The founder-chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was asked to work towards restoring the Hurriyat's original executive council and send invitations to all the pre-split executive council members.

Since then, repeated efforts by various concerned organizations, including the High Court Bar Association and the Unity Force, to bring about unity between the two factions, did not come to fruition. This had dismayed the people.

Earlier on May 21, this year Hurriyat Conference leadership had appealed Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Sajad Gani Lone from the martyrs’ graveyard to join hands with them for ‘a greater cause’ and said that “When our aim and goal is one, then why should we remain divided? We will march together”. Later Hurriyet conference had constituted a three member committee under Shabir A Shah to look into the matter.

Interestingly, what even the Pakistan government could not do for five years, the J&K government and the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) have achieved in just a few days. The controversial land allotment has become a rallying point. The controversial transfer of 800 kanal forest land in the eco-fragile Sindh forest area to the SASB set the stage for the unity between the estranged factions of the pro-freedom amalgam.

The atmosphere today was totally different and congenial with both the leaders discussing a wide range of issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir and its people.

On unification between the two factions, a 6-member committee had been formed to discuss the modalities for complete unity. Each side will have three members. They decided to evolve a joint mechanism for attaining the right to self-determination through plebiscite or, alternatively, through tripartite talks, adding any differences between the two factions would be sorted out.

It was decided that the 6-member committee would also go through the 1993 constitution of APHC and implement it with amendments, if necessary.

“We have reached the conclusion that we will unite and we also appeal the nation to unite and fight jointly for right to self determination. If we won’t unite, it will only benefit the enemy,” said the joint Statement.

POLITICS

APHC United Against Land Transfer

• Both will support Mian Qayoom committee

Srinagar, June 19: The two factions of Kashmir’s main pro-freedom conglomerate, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, today created a history of sorts when Mirwaiz Umar Farooq met with Syed Ali Shah Geelani at the latter’s Hyderpora residence after about five years of their estrangement to discuss the land transfer to SASB and the poll boycott campaign. A seven-hour marathon meeting culminated on an agreement to launch a joint resistance against land acquisitions by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and atrocities by Indian troops. They also agreed on the formation of a committee to hammer out the modalities for unification of the two factions of Hurriyet.

They had a lunch together, offered prayers together and even addressed a press conference jointly signaling a new thaw in the relations between the two factions of Hurriyat Conference.

The two leaders signed a joint document spelling out their firm resolve to evolve a joint mechanism to further strengthen the struggle for achieving the right of self-determination and to work out the modalities for total unification. 

India and its stooges are killing Kashmiris and occupying their land. The Hurriyat has decided to have a joint strategy to tackle it, as it is the question of our future. We have to expose New Delhi’s nefarious designs. We discussed India’s cultural aggression on Kashmir. I’m happy that our efforts are going in the right direction,” the Mirwaiz told the media persons.

He said that both Hurriyats would jointly fight against the “illegal” land transfer and his faction would support all the programmes of the committee formed by Geelani faction under the leadership of former president of the Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom. “As Geelani Sahib has already formed a committee, we will join it and carry forward the mission together,” he said.

“The APHC will fight peacefully and indigenously for the rights of Kashmiris and we won’t take dictations from any quarter. I’m happy that (Mirwaiz) Umar Sahib said that they would support the committee formed to fight against forestland transfer to SASB,” Geelani said.

Voicing their grave concern over the “illegal” transfer of forest land to the SASB, the two leaders decided to launch a joint campaign against it.

The atmosphere today was congenial with both the leaders discussing a wide range of issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir and its people.

The two leaders stressed that Pakistan should continue to help Kashmir on political, diplomatic and moral grounds.

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