Decision on joining amalgam after general council meet: IUM

Miffed at the `double standards` of Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Itehad-ul-Muslimeen (IUM) said it will decide on rejoining the amalgam only if the General Council of the party authorises it.

Srinagar: Miffed at the "double standards"
of Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq,
Itehad-ul-Muslimeen (IUM) on Thursday said it will decide on
rejoining the amalgam only if the General Council of the party
authorises it.

"We will decide on rejoining the Hurriyat only after a
meeting of the General Council of the party," a spokesman of
the IUM, which was suspended last month for meeting Centre`s
interlocutors against the amalgam decision, said.

The executive committee of the Hurriyat Conference
revoked the suspension of IUM during a meeting yesterday.

"The revocation of the suspension order is a welcome
step. The decision has not only cleared the misgivings but
also vindicated our stand," the IUM spokesman said.

"Since the issue has been sent to the General Council
of the party, it is the only authority to decide the future
course of the action," he said adding an "extraordinary
meeting" would be called shortly.

Accusing the Hurriyat chairman of adopting "double
standards", the spokesman questioned why no action is taken
against those constituents who are involved in parallel
activities and issuing such statements which even violate the
Hurriyat constitution.

"It is surprising that the Hurriyat chairman observes
silence when parallel activities are being carried out by some
constituents despite a leader speaking about division of the
state which is not only unrealistic and unacceptable but also
against the Hurriyat constitution," the spokesman said.

"When our leader (Ansari) demonstrated traditional
Kashmiri gesture to the guests in accordance with the Islamic
teachings, he is shown the exit while no action was initiated
against others," he said.

Criticising the separatist leaderships for meeting one
delegation and leaving another, the spokesman said, "There are
several committees active on Kashmir. After Dileep Padgoankar
led interlocutors, another committee headed by Ram Jethmali
has reached Kashmir.

"Although both committees are similar and designed to
recommend measures after holding talks, they cannot take a
decision. But if Hurriyat stand is that the dialogue process
can prove result-oriented and purposeful only when initiated
at a higher level, then what is the meaning of ignoring one
and meeting the other," the spokesman said.

He said members of such committees are "government
employees" and there is no difference whether they are
appointed by government or not.

The spokesman said Pakistan`s involvement is imperative
for a final solution to the Kashmir issue.

"We strongly believe in unity and our stand on Kashmir
issue is clear that it cannot be resolved through bilateral
talks. Pakistan is a historic party and sidelining it cannot
help in reaching a final settlement," he said.

PTI

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