Senior separatist leader Nayeem Khan, who heads the National Front, one of the significant constituent of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), has asked the Mirwaiz to withdraw from the dialogue process and quit quiet diplomacy approach on resolution of the Kashmir issue.
“People are against quiet diplomacy. They want transparency. Quiet diplomacy will lead to deceit and trap laid by New Delhi,” Khan told the Hindustan Times. “We talked to New Delhi in 2001 and we came to known as Advani-Hurriyat and achieved nothing. We want change on ground before things move on any dialogue process.”
Questioning the Mirwaiz’s approach, Khan said one day he opposes quiet diplomacy and the other day he welcomes it saying Pakistan is on board. “But Pakistan too has rejected any quiet diplomacy,” said Khan.
It is for the first time that any Hurriyat constituent has opposed the dialogue process and criticized the Mirwaiz’s approach openly.
He alleged those who want to talk to New Delhi through quiet diplomacy are bailing it out. “Dialogue with New Delhi at this point of time will bail it out of international pressure,” said Khan, who was supposed to be a close confidante of the Mirwaiz.
Of late, Khan has developed a soft corner for the hardline APHC leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He has criticized the state government for repeated arrest of the hardline separatist leader.
Criticising the Mirwaiz on his readiness to enter into a dialogue with New Delhi, Khan said, “It’s his personal decision not the Hurriyat decision. He (Mirwaiz) cannot enter into a dialogue unless he creates consensus on it with the APHC. The nation has not given mandate to anybody to play with the sacrifices made by people.”
Hardening of tone by the Hurriyat Conference constituents has forced the Mirwaiz to rethink about dialogue process with New Delhi. In the past few days, he had to harden his stand.
With the Mirwaiz finding it hard to convince leaders within the Hurriyat Conference, it may slow down any back channel progress on the dialogue framework.