Shah rules out Hurriyat (M) participation in 2014 polls
‘We Have To Sort Out Differences’
Srinagar, May 3: Admitting “differences of opinion” within Hurriyat (M) over restructuring of the conglomerate, Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah on Thursday ruled out any possibility of conglomerate participating in 2014 Assembly polls.
Addressing a news conference here, Shah, who is also an executive member of Hurriyat (M), said that there are differences over restructuring within the amalgam, but these differences can be sorted out.
Shah said that he had proposed dissolving of individual units, so that all constituents would come under single umbrella. “There is need to forge unity between different groups and addressing each others concerns for taking the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion,” he said.
Shah dispelled the notion that conglomerate is planning to take part in 2014 Assembly elections. “We are engaged in a peaceful struggle and the question of joining state assembly elections under the prevailing circumstances does not even arise,” Shah said while replying to a query on possibility of Hurriyat (M) joining electoral battle in 2014.
Asked, whether he favours boycott of upcoming Municipal polls Shah said, “I will react at an appropriate time.”
Referring to ongoing India- Pakistan parleys Shah said, “The two countries should forge friendship and work on Confidence Building Measures. But Kashmir is the core issue which should be resolved at priority,” he said. “There is no indication about Pakistan intending to freeze Kashmir issue.”
Asking Kashmiri Pandits to return, Shah said Kashmir is incomplete without Pandits.
"Kashmiri Pandits have always been a part of our culture and our history. Kashmir is a garden and there are many flowers in it. Kashmir is incomplete without Pandits," he added.
Castigating government for keeping him under continuous house detention, the DFP chairman said, “New Delhi sabotaged my programme to visit Jammu by deploying police on the way. During past 18 months, I was put under house arrest or detained in police station for four months and 20 days,” Shah alleged.
He hailed the recent statement of United Nations Chief Ban-Ki-Moon over Kashmir and also expressed gratitude to European Union and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) respectively for their resolution on unmarked graves and support to ongoing struggle.
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