The moderate faction of the umbrella organisation Hurriyat on Wednesday revoked the suspension order it had slapped on its member Abbas Ansari for his alleged offence of meeting the three New Delhi-appointed interlocutors.
The decision to revoke the order was taken at the Hurriyat executive council meeting on Wednesday, when a two-member panel comprising former Hurriyat chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat and Aga Syed Hassan submitted its report.
The Itehad-ul-Muslimeen (IuM), the organisation Ansari heads, was concomitantly under suspension because it is an executive member of the Hurriyat, which is a conglomeration of several organisations.
“The suspension of the IuM stands revoked following the report,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a press statement.
Ansari met the interlocutors on April 20 at his residence in Srinagar even after the moderate Hurriyat had unanimously decided not to meet the interlocutors till New Delhi addressed the separatists’ demands, one of which is withdrawing the army from the Kashmir valley.
Abbas Ansari, who was asked to reply to a show cause notice the Mirwaiz had issued, said, “The IuM position is clear that we did not invite interlocutors but they dropped in at our doorstep. We cannot shut our doors on people.”
Masroor Abbas, son of Abbas Ansari, said: “It’s a welcome step. We stand vindicated. The suspension order, unfortunately, was taken in haste.”