Yasin Malik accuses Hurriyat leaders of amassing huge assets
Srinagar: Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik has stoked a controversy by accusing the leaders of moderate Hurriyat Conference of amassing huge assets in the name of "freedom movement", a statement dismissed as "baseless" by a constituent of the conglomerate.
Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, heading the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, dismissed the allegations saying "they do not merit a comment".
Malik issued a statement here yesterday after he could not speak at a seminar on the 24th anniversary of Iranian spiritual leader Imam Khomenei at Kashmir University organized by one of the Hurriyat constituents.
"They (moderate Hurriyat leaders) have acquired palatial houses and other benefits under the garb of freedom movement. They claim to lead the freedom movement and also protect the interests of India as well," Malik alleged.
He said these leaders have invested in construction of shopping malls the money amassed from the separatist activities.
"How do they claim to represent the peoples` aspirations?" the JKLF chairman said and accused the Hurriyat leaders of double speak.
"The Hurriyat Conference (led by Mirwaiz) is preaching the teachings of Hussain (grandson of Prophet Mohammad) under the umbrella of injustice, which is nothing but double speak," Malik said.
Anjuman Shahr-e-Shian dubbed the statement of Malik was `irresponsible` and `devoid of political maturity`.
"Malik`s statement and baseless allegations (against the leaders of the Hurriyat) were totally against our expectations", it added.
Responding to Malik`s charge that he was not allowed to speak at the seminar, Anjuman-e-Shar-e-Shian said "that due to paucity of time, many scholars were unable to share their thoughts at the seminar. Just because he (Malik) did not get an opportunity to make a speech, he issued a fatwa that he was the lone wellwisher of the freedom movement and others had abandoned it.
"This smacks of political one up-manship," the Anuman said in a statement today.
The Anjuman said it became difficult to accomodate Malik among the list of speakers as he arrived late and the university authorities were pressing to conclude the function by 2.00 pm.
"If making a speech, or not making one, at a seminar becomes the yarstick for pro-freedom credentials, we can only regret such thinking," the statement said.