A frontline separatist party, Jammu and Kashmir People’s League has alleged Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of patronizing one of its executive leaders, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, who according to the party “embezzled crores of rupees” meant for the party.
In a press conference on Thursday, the party’s central council members alleged that Waza did not respond to the party orders when it decided to call him back from the said faction of Hurriyat as its representative.
“Waza not only rejected the party orders but also embezzled crores of rupees,” the party members told media persons in Srinagar. They added “we contacted Mirwaiz sahib and Abdul Gani Bhat, in this regard but unfortunately Hurriyat (M) is patronizing Waza only because of personal likes.”
The party members elaborated saying that Waza was selected as the vice chairman of the party when erstwhile Chairman and Hurriyat leader, late Sheikh Abdul Aziz was killed at Chahel, Uri while leading the “Muzaffarabad Challo” march in 2008.
“Waza neither conducted party elections nor contacted the senior party leaders, he instead remained enjoying the patronage of Hurriyat (M) executive leaders and embezzled party funds worth crores of rupees,” Ghulam Nabi Waseem, one of the party’s central council members said.
League appealed Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, not to entertain Waza in the executive meetings because “he has lost the confidence of the party and he has no moral grounds to represent the party in Hurriyat (M).”
League also appealed the senior leaders of the party like Bashir Ahmad Tota, to come forward “for the cause and for safeguarding the League.”
People’s League, formed in 1974, is known as the oldest separatist party which faced splits after split in the later years, especially after the nineties.
Senior separatist leaders, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Fazl Haq Qureshi and others were once the faces of People’s League.
Allegations of funds embezzlements by separatist leaders have come to surface from last one year.