'They left without consulting others'

Srinagar, Dec 16: Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah on Sunday said that no other leader was consulted before the Hurriyat (M) delegation flew to Islamabad.
“It was through media that I came to know that Hurriyat delegation is leaving for New Delhi. We all represent sacrifices and aspirations of the nation. It is because of people that we’ve been recognized in international forums and communities and are being invited in various forums. Hurriyat team should have consulted Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sahib, Yasin Malik and all pro-freedom leaders,” Shah told KNS.
 “We’re not against Pakistan visit but it was better if we could have unanimously reached a consensus as it would have borne more fruits and the visit would have had more weight”, he added.
 He said the Hurriyat (M) is an amalgam of various associations and its constitution is clear that the all associations are fighting for right to self determination. “Mirwaiz Sahib is Chairman of this amalgam. He should make it very clear whether he is going to represent his own party there or the Hurriyat as a whole”, said Shah.
 Referring to division among Hurriyat ranks, Shah said, “Divisions among leadership is an dvantage for our opponents. Unification is a must in the interest of Kashmir movement to reap desired results. It will be better to work under one programme and not to issue individual party programmes. Announcing joint programmes after consultation will be more effective’, said Shah.
 Reacting to the statement of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq where in he had said that hardliner separatist groups should change their outlook, Shah said: ‘Mirwaiz should explain the statement to the people and clarify what outlook he was talking about.’
 Appreciating statement of Syed Ali Shah Geelani wherein he had said that unification of Hurriyat is possible on the basic principles of right to self determination, Shah said, “I welcome and appreciate the statement of Geelani Sahib. We (Hurriyat) are fighting for right to self determination and the constitution of Hurriyat clearly speaks about it. All Hurriyat leaders should come on the table and should make collective effort to achieve this goal. Let us all unite on this basic principle”, he said.
 Speaking about the Indo-Pak dialogue, he said that no Hurriyat leader is against the dialogue process. “Constitution of Hurriyat states that it should be tripartite dialogue where India, Pakistan and representatives of Kashmir are involved. I admit that in past we committed some mistakes but now we’re aware about the facts. It is India who has to initiate the meaningful dialogue and it should be held under the supervision of world independent observers. The observers of the dialogue will see who is running away from the table and who is sincere in the process. I appeal international community, European Union in general and UNO in particular to hold plebiscite in JK as it was held in East Timor and South Sweden,” he added.
 Senior Hurriyat leader reiterated his demand for the institutionalization of the Hurriyat. “We’ve to go at grass root level and reach out to orphans, widows and other affected people. Every person of the nation is supporting this view. People should ascertain the facts to know who is creating hurdles in this process”, said Shah. KNS

Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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