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Jihadi groups are on board- Mirwaiz

Mirwaiz also said it was time for the Government of India to push the pace of dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue without any futther delay, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2007 18:03 IST
Arun Joshi

All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday disclosed that "Jihadi groups have come on board" and it is the time for the Government of India to push the pace of dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue without any futther delay.

Mirwaiz , who has been engaged in talks with the leadership of Pakistan and also the terrorist outfits based in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, is optimistic of positive developments taking place in the next four to six months if Delhi picks up the momentum of dialogue and resolution process. He believed that Pakistan has walked many extra miles and it was now the turn of India to grab the opportunity.

"As Jihadi groups are coming on board, this is an opportune time for the Government of India to understand the urgency of things and come out with a positive response so that it can play its key role in resolving the Kashmir issue," Mirwaiz told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview on phone on Wednesday.

The signals have come from Hafeez Sayeed, the ideological icon of the Jihadi groups, especially Lashkar-e-Toiba, the group that introduced the suicide –attack cult in Jammu and Kashmir and, in coordination with Jaish-e-Mohammad launched devastating attacks on the Indian Parliament and State legislative Assembly in 2001.

" Unless the whole process is made comprehensive and given a direction, the holding of the round table conferences would serve no purpose," he said and declared that his group would not participate in the Third Round Table Conference on Kashmir, for which the mainstream parties were clamouring.

The moderate group of Hurriyat Conference, led by him, is finding itself on a turf war with Peoples Democratic Party of Mufti Sayeed who is gloating at the announcement of the panels to examine the troops reduction and relocation in Jammu and Kashmir, and National Conference, the leadership of which has become a cheer leader for Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen Supreme Commander Salaha-ud-Din being invited for talks.

Mirwaiz was the first to talk of troops reduction in January 2004, when Hurriyat Conference opened dialogue with the Government of India and he was also among the first votaries of involving the terrorist leadership in the dialogue process. "We are not bothered who picks up which theme, the people know it best, who did what, and when," he said referring to what he described "ruthless" record of the two parties when they ruled the state, against the people and the terrorsist. "The people are the best judge."

" It is a rat race between National Conference and PDP," Mirwaiz said. "They are engaged in a game of Kaun Banega Crorepati," he said. " We are committed to our commitment to the people, resolve the issue as per aspirations of the people. Nothing more, nothing less."

First Published: Apr 11, 2007 17:56 IST