Hurriyat (M) rebels hold another meet with Hurriyat (G)

Srinagar: The panel of rebel members of the moderate Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday held another round of talks with the faction led by senior pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Six Hurriyat (M) members early this month had left the amalgam after reportedly developing differences over its functioning and implementation of 1993 constitution. The six include Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Syed Saleem Geelani, Bashir Ahmad Andrabi, Hakeem Abdul Rashid, Sheikh Yaqoob and Yasmeen Raja.

The disgruntled members, after pulling out from Mirwaiz’s amalgam, approached Hurriyat Conference headed by Geelani for joining it. After getting clearance from Geelani, a three-member panel constituted by Hurriyat (G) started negotiations with former Hurriyat (M) members and it held several rounds of talks with them.

The former Hurriyat (M) members recently constituted a 3-member committee for negotiations with Hurriyat (G). The panel is representing six rebel members and three other pro-freedom leaders including ex-militant commander Bilal Sidiqqui, who heads his own Tehreek-e-Mazzahamat.

A member of Hurriyat (M) rebels’ panel, who participated in today’s meet said on the condition of anonymity that the meet was held in “cordial atmosphere” at Hyderpora – which houses Geelani’s residence and office.

“Today we held another meet at Hyderpora. The meeting was held in cordial atmosphere and the issues are being discussed. There is progress in the dialogue process,” he said, adding the two parties are trying to bridge gaps but there is no issue which could be termed as bone of contention in the unity.

The three members of Hurriyat (G) panel include Geelani’s son-in-law, Altaf Ahmad Shah, the amalgam’s spokesman Ayaz Akbar and octogenarian leader’s close aide Advocate Muhammad Shafi Reshi. 

While as the three members of rebels’ panel include Bilal Siddiqui, Bashir Ahmad Andrabi and Yasmeen Raja.

Sources said Reshi wasn’t present in today’s meet at Hyerpora but several other Hurriyat members attended it.

“We are trying our best to bring others  leaders in the dialogue process. Although, there have been individual meetings with them but we want them to formally enter the process for ‘unity’,” the former Hurriyat (M) rebels’ panel member said, adding unity is the need of hour and that is why we are in this process.  

Meanwhile, reliable sources said that Zaffar Akbar Bhat held an-hour long meeting with Geelani last week at his Hyderpora residence. Earlier, Bhat had also met Geelani in New Delhi, sources added.

The last week’s meeting came at a time when Zaffar and others are negotiating with Geelani’s amalgam for “unification”. (GNS)


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