After being expelled from the conglomerate by the Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Miwaiz Umar Farooq by shooting a letter to the Pakistan administered Kashmir Chapter of Hurriyat, Freedom party chief Shabir Shah, National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad and Mahaz-e-Azadi chief Azam Inquilabi Monday claimed their stake over Hurriyat (M).
Without naming Mirwaiz Umar Farooq or any other Hurriyat leader, Shah, Khan, Naqash and Inquilabi said in a joint statement, “The disruptive elements will not be tolerated in the Hurriyat Conference and we will run the forum according to the goals set by Martyrs and wishes of the freedom loving people.”
Pertinently, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had some days earlier expelled the said parties and leaders calling them as “undisciplined”. He had written a letter to Pakistan administered Kashmir Chapter of his faction of Hurriyat directing it not to entertain their representatives in their meetings.
Shah, Khan, Inquilabi and Naqash had not been attending Hurriyat programs from some time and they have been working outside Hurriyat (M). There were “public scuffles” as well between the two groups in past.
“The secret letter written to the PaK Chapter of Hurriyat is childish and it has been written by those who are using the forum for their own interests and against the movement,” the statement said.
It added, “These elements have been working against the freedom loving people and against the freedom struggle.”
Again without naming any leaders of Hurriyat (M) the statement said, “We have some serious differences with the people in Hurriyat but ironically they have cleverly called these differences as a matter of discipline.”
The joint statement signed by Shah, Khan and others reads, “A meeting of Hurriyat leaders was orgainsed at Shah’s residence and it was felt that the disruptive elements within Hurriyat have caused a great damage to the movement and the forum.”
Leveling serious allegations against Hurriyat (M) leaders, the statement said, “They have failed to run the amalgam according to its constitution so it was decided in the meeting that Hurriyat will now be run by those who have a clear past.”
Alleging Hurriyat (M) leaders of sabotaging the agreement between Syed Ali Geelani and them, the statement said, “The disruptive elements in Hurriyat have time and again sabotaged the endeavors of unification as was proved when they sabotaged the agreement made with Syed Ali Geelani led Hurriyat in 2008.”
“It is a proved fact that the anti movement elements present in the Hurriyat Conference have failed to take the resistance forum forward so we have decided to run Hurriyat according to the wishes of the people,” the statement said adding “In our meeting it was unanimously decided to take over the Hurriyat and run it as the movement requires.”
“Few people present in Hurriyat advocate secret talks and even bilateralism even knowing the fact that Hurriyat constitution does not permit it,” the statement said adding “They are using the Hurriyat platform for their personal gains.”
“Hurriyat belongs to only those who have rendered sacrifices since long and the plate form is presently being misused by some of its leaders against the freedom struggle.”