Religious outfits deny meeting interlocutors

Kashmir interlocutor Professor Radha Kumar today said members of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Jamiat-ahle-Hadees (JaH) met them during their visit to the Ganderbal district which was denied by the religious outfits.

Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 21:46 PM IST

Srinagar: Kashmir interlocutor Professor
Radha Kumar today said members of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and
Jamiat-ahle-Hadees (JaH) met them during their visit to the
Ganderbal district which was denied by the religious outfits.

"They (members of JI and JaH) came to one of our
meetings in Ganderbal. There were other people also and they
were part of a large group," Kumar told PTI.

Kumar, heading the Centrally-appointed team in the
absence of Dilip Padgaonkar, and other interlocutor former
Information Commisioner M M Ansari had visited Ganderbal
district yesterday.

The two religious parties, which were aligned with the
separatist Hurriyat Conference in the past, denied they had
met the two interlocutors.

Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah, who heads the JaH, said
officialy there has been no contact with the interlocutors.

"May be some people in their individual capacity have
met them. But such a decision can be taken only with the
consent of Shura (the highest decision-making body of JaH),"
he said.

Similarly, Jamaat chief Sheikh Ghulam Hassan denied
any of its members had met the interlocutors.

"I do not have information about anyone from our
party meeting the interlocutors. Officially, no one has met
the interlocutors," he said.

JI has been the parent organisation of Hurriyat hawk
Syed Ali Shah Geelani who headed the group`s political wing
for many years.

PTI