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Hurriyat ready to shun its 'rigidity'

india Updated: Jan 09, 2009 20:07 IST

After its poll boycott call was rebuffed by people who turned out in large number to vote in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference is now planning to give a re-look to its policies and may even shun its "rigidity". "After the large turnout, I do think Hurriyat Conference has to reassess the situation and realise that we are unable to address the issues of livelihood and living daily.We have to make a distinction between the day-to-day affairs of people and the Kashmir problem. We have to accept that people did not respond to the poll boycott call of the Hurriyat Conference," chairman of the separatists amalgam Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told weekly magazine "Outlook" in an interview.

Admitting that some of the separatist leaders had got carried away with level of support during the Amarnath land row, he said "...We got carried away with the mood we saw in the summer...We have to learn that we cant just harp on 'azadi' (freedom) and ignore the problems of the people. In rural Kashmir in particular, 'azadi' is an issue but survival is a bigger problem."

Taking a dig at pro-Pakistan hardline leader Syed Ali Shah, he said "I know senior colleagues like Geelani saab will not agree but I believe rigidity has to be shunned by all interested parties who want to end suffering in Kashmir. "...I believe in inclusive politics. But I would like to clarify that we have not reached a stage where I am advocating taking part in electoral politics. Still, we have to shun our inflexibility and I hope India will also do so," the Mirwaiz said.