All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday issued marching orders to its members on not issuing any media statements independently.
The Mirwaiz also dissolved all the posts working under the general council and executive council bodies.
It’s for the first time ever since the Hurriyat came to the fore that it dissolved all its posts in such a manner. The move came at an emergency meeting held by the conglomerates’ chairman Farooq on Monday.
It’s to stop the media leaks and restrain the Hurriyat leaders from speaking in different voices.
Sources privy to the meeting said the Mirwaiz was unhappy with the dissonant statements being issued independently by the Hurryat leaders and by the general council.
The Mirwaiz was facing a lot of public criticism from within the conglomerate over the dialogue with New Delhi and had to cut a sorry figure for policy statements being issued by some of its members without consulting the general council and executive council in the last two weeks.
Hurriyat chief spokesman Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, who also heads a faction of the Muslim Conference, has lost his Hurriyat post. Bhat at a seminar in New Delhi two weeks ago suggested that the Hurriyat was ready to share the dais with the mainstream National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which drew flak from both moderate and hardline separatist groups.
Nayeem Khan, who in an interview with the Hindustan Times criticised the Mirwaiz’s dialogue approach, also lost his post of provincial president. The other main Hurriyat post dissolved are media advisor, legal cell and human rights cell.
At the end of the Monday meeting, a declaration was issued by the Hurriyat, saying only the Hurriyat chairman will be talking to the media after consultation with the general council and executive council.
The declaration also made it clear that no statement outside the Hurriyat constitution on the Kashmir problem will be issued to the media.