Shabir Shah fuming, but rules out third front

Unilateral Decisions Won’t Work: Nayeem Khan



Srinagar, Dec 24: Ruling out formation of third front, senior Hurriyat (M) leader Shabir Ahmed Shah Monday said he was trying hard to end the existing split among the separatists to see Hurriyat as a single institutionalized platform.
He advised the Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to consult Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik and the families of martyrs before talking to New Delhi. He, however, was quick to add that “war and talks can’t go together.”
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Shah said he was happy to see the overwhelming support of the Pakistani leadership for Right to Self Determination (RSD) of Kashmiris.
“I did not oppose the visit of Mirwaiz and other leaders. I only said that they should have consulted Geelani, Malik and me before leaving,” he said. Shah said the “freedom movement was not the personal property of any leader.” “Those who are in Pakistan at present are leaders because of the sacrifices of people,” he said.
He said there was no division and cracks within the Hurriyat (M). “As far as the rumours about formation of third front are concerned, there is no truth in the reports. Why should we form a third front when efforts are on to end the existing spilt? I am trying my best to see the Hurriyat as a single institutionalized forum,” Shah said.
On why he doesn’t take part in the Hurriyat (M) meetings, he said there were some issues that need to be sorted out. “Those who termed UN resolutions as outdated and expired are receiving great support for the same from Pakistan leadership,” Shah said in an obvious reference to senior Hurriyat (M) leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat.
He said it was too early to say what Mirwaiz and other leaders should do before going to New Delhi. “I am not sure whether they have got an invite from the Prime Minister of India. But if they have got it, they should first consult Geelani, Malik and the family members of those whose sons have been martyred,” Shah said. “Government of India has to accept the conditions put forth to them like revocation of AFSPA and release of prisoners so that conducive atmosphere is created on ground for talks.”
Another Hurriyat (M) leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, said he did not oppose the Pakistan visit of the amalgam, but the decision was unilateral. “We were not taken into confidence. There is no democratic setup in the Hurriyat (M),” he said. “Pakistan has been supporting us morally and diplomatically since decades. No home work was done by the Hurriyat leaders before leaving for Pakistan.”
He said they have a principled stand which is RSD and there can be no compromise on it. “As for talks with New Delhi, ground should be made for dialogue. That is only possible when draconian laws are revoked and prisoners released. Otherwise, going for just a photo session doesn’t make any sense,” said Khan, who is also the Chairman of National Front. “Government of India has to restore the credibility if it is serious to resolve Kashmir,” he said.
Joining the chorus, JKLF (H) Chairman Javaid Ahmed Mir said Hurriyat was incomplete unless real representatives are made its members. “We brought Kashmir on the fore front by taking up arms in 1988. Now some separatists are exploiting our mission for their own political interests,” he said. “We did not start a political movement but a freedom movement 22 years ago. The movement belongs to JKLF, Hizbul Mujahideen and other militant outfits. This belongs to all those prisoners who are languishing in jails.”
He said those who took up arms were revolutionaries. “Militant leadership should be invited for trilateral dialogue process as they are on the fore front. Those who are holding talks are a failure,” said Mir, who is one of the founder members of JKLF.

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