‘Hurriyat Conference Is Democratic, Against Violence In Essence’

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SRINAGAR — All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday that the forum is “democratic in essence” and does not believe in violence in any form or manifestation “let alone so called terror-funding.”

 “Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq a young boy had the honour to be its first chairman in recognition of his politico-religious background,” Prof Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Gani Lone addressed a press conference soon after a meeting of the amalgam.

 “He represents an office which is so sacred that interference in any form or at any level with his position is extremely likely to inflict a wound deep into the collective political consciousness of Kashmir.”

The amalgam held an emergency meeting at party’s Rajbagh headquarters here which was chaired by amalgam’s former chairman and Executive Member Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat and it discussed the present political scenario, in special reference to the summoning of amalgam chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to Delhi by the NIA, they said.

 Hurriyat Conference was launched as far back as June 1993 as the symbol of political unity in Kashmir with a view to preserving the idea through thick and thin, they said.

 “There is no gainsaying the fact that the conglomerate has passed through thick as well as thin. However what is striking about is, it preserves the beauty of unity of purpose at all costs. We are determined to preserve it in future as well. Let there may no mistake about it that (Hurriyat Conference) as a forum is democratic in essence and does not, therefore, believe in violence in any form or manifestation let alone so called ‘terror-funding’. It may not be out of place to mention here that the chairman himself is the victim of violence.”

They added: “As a matter of fact, the forum has all along been actively supporting efforts aimed at building abiding relations between India and Pakistan which is where our position to resolve the dispute through talks needs to be appreciated. We did actually do the talking with the leadership in governments across the subcontinent with a view to working out an acceptable and just solution of dispute on Kashmir.”

In fact, they said, amalgam’s leaders were the ones who led the dialogue in 2004 and 2005 despite tremendous “backlash and sacrifice”.

“In June 2004 Mirwaiz Saheb’s uncle was killed and his house was bombed, Islamia School burnt yet he did not give up and continued talking to Manmohan Singh Ji. That speaks volumes of his commitment to peaceful resolution. To accuse him of having anything to do with so called ‘terror funding’ is ridiculous, nothing more but political vendetta.”

The amalgam leaders further said: “(Hurriyat Conference) considers in the interests of all that now is the time that we consider bigger issues rather than involve in nerve breaking tactics.”

 Remember, they said, “now is different. We will have to rise above and take the lead ourselves.” However, they said, amalgam appreciates that United States of America, The People’s Republic of China, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Russia and Great Britain for their efforts towards ensuring that the situation doesn’t go out of hand.”

They said India and Pakistan as nuclear powers can hardly exhibit laxity towards tomorrow. “We have to live together and live peacefully to ensure prosperity and development. What constitutes an obstacle will have to be addressed. Talks are the call of times. Let’s take the call and move ahead towards a brighter future and a better region. We can hardly afford to live with tension, acrimony and ill-will.”

“Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq, the Chairman of (amalgam) who also heads social and educational institutions Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Anjuman Nusratul Islam, Darul Khair all completely accounted for institutions, audited each year. People give donation to these organizations,” they said, adding, “During floods of 2014 in just 15 days through Mirwaiz Saheb mobilisation, more than 1 crore was raised through Darul Khair.”

Mirwaiz, they said, has made it absolutely clear that he is willing to cooperate with any investigation but ‘what is upsetting is that a hostile environment is being wilfully generated to cause harassment.”


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