In a major jolt to moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, four of its senior leaders today split from the amalgam to form a parallel group and vowed to take the ongoing struggle for right of self-determination to its logical conclusion.
After the Hurriyat`s 2002 split into the "hardliners" and "moderates" factions led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq respectively, the section led by the Mirwaiz Monday appeared headed for another split.
Authorities here have directed
a private FM station to take off the air a religious programme
in which moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq used to answer questions from the people about Islam.
Restrictions have been imposed on Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who was to address a Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Mosque here, with police saying no one would be allowed to disturb the peace in Srinagar.
Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Friday pressed for "sincere efforts" in finding a permanent solution to the
Kashmir issue and assured full support of his amalgam to such
Condemning the restrictions imposed by J&K government in old city, moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said force and repression were the only standard response of the administration to people`s aspirations.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday rejected the remarks of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that "supporters of militant violence" in Kashmir have links with Maoists, saying it is an attempt to malign the "indigenous movement".