Identify ‘Black Sheep’: Ghani, Shah to UJC Chief

SRINAGAR: A day after United Jihad Council (UJC) chairman, Syed Salahuddin, asked ‘sincere’ Hurriyat leadership of Kashmir to get united and show door to the black sheep within their ranks, two senior leaders of the parallel factions Monday asked the militant commander to come clean on the issue.

Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat said: “It is a huge question that who is black sheep within Hurriyat. Salahuddin should have named them,”

Bhat, who is known for his controversial statements, said he that he is not averse to the unification of the pro-freedom camp. He said he will be delighted to see a united leadership “It would be better if the leaders unite,” he added.

Chairman of breakaway Hurriyat faction, Shabir Ahmad Shah, said it was not for the first time that Salahuddin has made such an appeal. However, he also asked the Hizb chief to name the black sheep among the pro-freedom ranks.

“It’s his long time wish that the sincere leadership of Kashmir should get united. He has been requesting for unification time and again,” he said

Shah said HCJK is negotiating with ‘pro-movement’ doctors, intellectuals, lawyers so that the amalgam would be given a new direction. He said that HCJK has no differences with the Hurriyat headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Shah, who was formerly associated with Hurriyat headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, left the amalgam and formed new Hurriyat along with few top leaders of Miwaiz’s amalgam.

Syed Salahuddin, a pioneer of armed insurgency in Kashmir; had said on Sunday that Hurriyat leadership was aware of the black sheep within its ranks and even the people know about them.

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