Hurriyat (M) at crossroads
Infighting harms Kashmir cause
Chairman Mahaz-e-Azadi, Azam Inqilabi, deciding to snap ties with Hurriyat Conference (M) can lead to a major crisis within the conglomerate. Inqilabi, one of senior most resistance leaders, expressing resentment against Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, for terming UN resolutions as irrelevant led to Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq issue a show cause notice to Inqilabi, following which he (Inqilabi) announced that he would part ways. Inqilabi claimed that he didn’t do anything wrong by opposing Prof Bhat. However, Prof Bhat, who was also served a notice, stuck to his point saying there is nothing wrong in what he has said. Leaders of the conglomerate taking each other head on, seem to have proved that “All is not Well” within the amalgam. If Mirwaiz fails to douse the flames, the rebellion within the amalgam looks inevitable.
Since the day Prof Bhat said that UN resolutions had become irrelevant and separatists should join hands with mainstream politicians the differences between the members of Hurriyat (M)’s executive council and general council have become public. Soon after Professor Bhat’s statement members of general council accused the executive council of “monopolizing” the conglomerate.
During past few weeks a few senior leaders, including Nayeem Khan and Shabir Shah, have been organizing their own programmes. It seems they are trying to send a message across that they too enjoy the public support and they cannot be sidelined. If Mirwaiz fails to bring all Hurriyat leaders on the same page it can have far reaching consequences. He has to act and show maturity otherwise in coming days there is every possibility of Hurriyat splitting once again.
Inqilabi defended the decision of Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani quitting the joint Hurriyat in 2002. Hurriyat (M) leaders need to realize that if they don’t hold a joint meeting of the general and the executive council soon there is every possibility of many amalgam leaders going Geelani’s way. If the majority within the Hurriyat Conference feels that Prof Bhat crossed the line then the Professor should take back his words and settle the issue once for all. Greatness lies in bridging the gap and not widening it. Kashmiri leaders need to realize that issues need to be settled through negotiations. If Hurriyat (M) splits it would give birth to one more faction and the new leaders.
Separatist leaders’ fighting with each other is bound to weaken the Kashmir cause. Infighting within the Hurriyat (M) would make New Delhi stronger and Kashmiris weaker. Leaders need to realize their responsibilities. If at any point of time India and Pakistan decide that they should hold talks with people of Kashmir, Kashmiri leaders should be prepared to share the table with them and there should be no leadership crisis. If our leaders don’t sort out their differences there is every possibility of none among the separatists representing Kashmiris at the negotiating table.
There is no doubt that entire world recognizes Mirwaiz Umar Farrooq as the chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference and the leader of Kashmiris. Mirwaiz is a leader of an international stature and to maintain it he has to ensure that he enjoys the support of All Parties. He has to put his house in order.
As chairman he has got full authority to issue a show cause notice to the leaders of the conglomerate. Unfortunately some of them have taken the notices to their heart and have decided to take extreme steps. They need to realize that show-cause notices are a part of politics and need not be taken seriously. They can put forth their point of view and move ahead rather than sulking.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 8 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 8 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:00:00 IST
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