Stirring the hornet’s nest
UN bombshell shakes Hurriyat (M)
BIG BITE BY: JAVAID MALIK
Hurriyat Conference (M) leader Professor Abdul Gani Bhat dropped a bomb shell earlier this week by claiming that United Nations resolutions have become irrelevant. His statement led to an uproar and brought to fore the differences within the Hurriyat’s executive and general council. Had not the Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq intervened and made it clear that UN resolutions form the bedrock of the Kashmir issue the amalgam splitting yet again had become inevitable.
It is not for the first time that Professor Bhat has referred to the negotiated settlement of the Kashmir issue. He has been strongly advocating tripartite talks and the inclusion of Kashmiri leaders in the ongoing Indo-Pak parleys. In fact when the former President of Pakistan General Parvez Musharraf mooted the four point formula for the settlement of Kashmir issue most separatists, except Syed Ali Shah Geelani, jumped on the bandwagon and supported the idea. Musharraf too was of the opinion that UN resolutions cannot be implemented in JK and out of box solution was needed to settle the Kashmir issue once for all. It is strange that people who supported Musharraf’s formula a few years ago are up in arms against Professor Bhat.
May be Professor Bhat has raised a valid point but the fact is that if India is not ready to show any flexibility why do Kashmiri leaders need to be flexible. These points can be discussed if India shows any willingness to initiate tripartite talks. If Kashmiri leaders indicate that UN resolutions are not needed it will make New Delhi’s case stronger as it can claim that even separatist have given up their demand.
There is no doubt about the fact that the world scenario has changed and Pakistan too is finding it difficult to cling on to its traditional Kashmir policy but that doesn’t mean that Kashmiri leaders should surrender. They have to strive to get the best possible deal for the people of Kashmir. They have to ensure that status-quo changes. It cannot change by just giving statements and making their differences public. They have to devise a strategy to keep the Kashmir movement alive. Some people who supported Musharraf’s formula may claim that it was the beginning and it could have paved way for K-resolution, but the time has proved that New Delhi and present dispensation in Pakistan have not shown any interest in the formula mooted by the former Pak president. Need of the hour is to ensure that Kashmiri leaders talk in one voice rather than confronting each other.
If both the factions of Hurriyat Conference believe that implementation of UN resolutions only can lead to the solution of Kashmir issue then why can’t they forge unity and strive for a common cause? Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmed Shah always used to say that “united we stay, divided we fall.” When he was arrested in 2010 one of the charges against him was that he tried to forge unity among divided Hurriyat factions. After his release he has not shown that much interest in bridging the gap between the two factions. Why has he given up his efforts? Is it that he has started believing that forging unity among Hurriyat leaders is impossible, or there are some other reasons?
Earlier this year top Hurriyat (M) leaders went to New Delhi and met Pakistan leaders. The Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Shahid Malik extended an invitation on behalf of Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabani Khar to Hurriyat leadership to visit Pakistan and they readily accepted it. One wonders would talking to Pakistan solve any problem? Basically it is India which has to show flexibility and move ahead vis-à-vis Kashmir. Talking to Pakistan only won’t help. Kashmiri leaders are facing a difficult situation and it’s a testing time for them. They should maintain their cool and move ahead as a team. Fragmentation among them can prove to be disastrous for Kashmiris and the Kashmir cause. People of Kashmir have rendered invaluable sacrifices during past two decades and they are watching each and every move of the separatists keenly.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 May 2012 00:00:00 IST
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