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Hurriyat blasts Pak's bid to create a parallel amalgam

Hurriyat blasts Pak's bid to create a parallel amalgam

Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: www.expressindia.com
Date: December 12, 2001
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=5415

New Delhi, December 11: Fresh differences have cropped up between the Hurriyat conference and Pakistan with some of the senior leaders of the amalgam criticising "moves by certain agencies" to create a parallel to the 23-party conglomerate in the state.

Disturbed over the formation of some of the outfits, senior Hurriyat leaders including its chairman Abdul Gani Bhat criticised "some agencies for attempting to create a parallel to the amalgam".

Bhat, along with another senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone, was attending a seminar on human rights in Srinagar where the two leaders besides resorting to veiled criticism to Pakistan exchanged "unpleasentaries" between them.

The Hurriyat leaders' speeches reflect the growing concern over the reported moves by Pakistan's intelligence agencies to "pamper" some new leaders and groups like Islamic Student's League, People's League and Siad-ul-Lah Tantray's group in Jammu.

Hurriyat Conference has been struggling to keep its flock together and has even voiced this concern in meetings with officials in the Pakistani High Commission. Lone went a step ahead and criticised the act of Jaish-e-Mohammed in carrying out a blast outside the Srinagar Assembly. However, Bhat immediately intervened and asked Lone to keep quiet, which, however, resulted in an exchange of unpleasanteries, amalgam sources said.

Bhat, who has been finding himself at the receiving end, does not want any statement from the Hurriyat Conference which would annoy militants especially the foreign mercenaries, the sources said.

Simmering differences between Hurriyat Conference and Pakistan had earlier started coming to the fore over utilisation of funds by the former which resulted in boycott of Iftar Party hosted by Pakistani High Commissioner by the entire executive council of 23-party conglomerate.

Several leaders of the Hurriyat Conference had been asked to provide accounts for the money provided by various organisations, majority of them from Pakistan, insiders said. Hurriyat chairman has also come in for a sharp criticism from firebrand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for his unilateral ceasefire offer.

Though Bhat always seeks to play down his differences with Geelani, insiders within the amalgam said the cold war between the two has been going on ever since the former assumed charge and spoke in a moderate tone on resolving the Kashmir issue. This has also raised a feeling among insiders that Geelani might walk out of the Hurriyat Conference and form another party. Hurriyat constitution prohibits anyone from going public with his complaint, which has to be raised at the amalgam's platform.

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