Hurriyat (G) sets up panel

To Consult Mirwaiz Umar, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Civil Society Groups

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Oct 31: Shelving the agitation plan for now, the Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday announced a five-member committee to consult other separatist groups, trade unions, civil society and other groups over the Amarnath track issue.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of all the constituent groups of the amalgam which was chaired by its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The committee will be headed by General Secretary of the amalgam, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi and will include four other members from different groups of Hurriyat (G).
“The committee will reach out to a cross section of the society including other groups, trade union leaders and civil society members before announcing the future course of action,” said Ayaz Akbar, spokesperson of the amalgam.
“The committee will also meet Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah and other senior separatist leaders to come up with a consensus on the issue,” sources said.
“The committee will formulate a report regarding the meetings with other leaders and members of the society and present it in the next meeting of Majlis Shoora. Then a detailed study will be carried on the report,” Akbar said.
However, sources said that no deadline has been set up for the committee to present its report. “The committee may take even three or four months to formulate the report. No such deadline has been set up for them,” they said.
Hurriyat (G) has also decided to organize a seminar as part of awareness programme regarding the ‘Amarnath construction issue’ on 10th of November where in intellectuals, lawyers, traders, journalists, transporters will present their view point, the spokesperson said.
The parties whose heads or representatives attended the meeting include Muslim Conference, Muslim League, Democratic Political Movement, Peoples League, Mass Movement, Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, Employees Movement and Peoples Freedom League.
Addressing his supporters at his residence later in the afternoon, Geelani launched a scathing attack on the Government for making the Amarnath Shrine Board a ‘launching pad for carrying out religious, social and ecological aggression’. However, he was quick to add, “Nor are we against any community, neither it should be projected an issue between Hindus and Muslims. We are living in mutual brotherhood since ages. Muslims have always facilitated their Pandit brothers during Yatra.”
“Yatra is going on for last 150 years without any conflict. It is the present system created by India that is carrying out a game plan under the garb of Yatra,” he said.
Geelani also said that ‘Governor is running a State within the State through the office of Shrine Board.’
Questioning the Government over his proposal of handing over Yatra affairs to Kashmiri Pandits, he said, “Why there is not a single word from the Government over it. They are hiding behind the bush and are raising other baseless issues.”
Geelani threatened the Government to ‘disband Shrine Board, hand over control of Yatra to local Pandits and stop construction at Amarnath site, otherwise let them be ready to face the wrath of public.’
Others who spoke on the occasion included Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, General Secretary of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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