In a surprising move, Muslim Conference has removed Prof Abdul Gani Bhat as its chairman.
The decision was taken after the controversy erupts over the meeting of Prof Bhat with Delhi’s point man Dineshwar Sharma.
In a written communication to Hurriyat (M), chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muslim Conference has appointed a new chairman for a period of six months, Muhammad Sultan Magray.
Citing reason of Bhat’s conversation with Sharma, the letter reads “Bhat’s meeting with Sharma is a concern and has become a reason for confusion.”
Part of Hurriyat (M), Muslim Conference intimates Mirwaiz to contact Magray for any future correspondence.
However, Bhat while defending his meeting is quoted to have said that his party Muslim Conference was “pro-dialogue” and that he was “not a saleable commodity” and has warned of a “nuclear holocaust” if India and Pakistan “failed” to resolve the vexed Kashmir issue.
The meeting assumes significance as the joint resistance leadership led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have stayed away from the dialogue initiative, claiming the exercise was a ‘waste of time’, and questioned the sincerity of New Delhi.