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Moderate’s assertions over UN resolutions add to the crisis in Mirwaiz camp

Peacenik Prof Abdul Gani Bhat said the UN resolutions on Kashmir are impractical in the given situation.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 07, 2012, 07.37 PM IST
SRINAGAR: In a statement that could further widen the gulfs in Kashmir’s separatist flock, peacenik Prof Abdul Gani Bhat said the UN resolutions on Kashmir are impractical in the given situation. Apart from suggesting pursuing Musharaf formula, Bhat wants a common minimum political agenda with NC and PDP for settling Kashmir issue.

“These (UN) resolutions cannot practically be implemented with reference to the language of the resolutions which in my opinion is complex,” Prof Bhat told a gathering at his ancestral Butnegoo village in Sopore. “That means probably these resolutions may not be implemented in Kashmir at all.”

Bhat asserted that though the UN resolutions “constitutes the legal base of dispute of Kashmir”, the impracticability must force the flock to “explore the possibilities of finding a solution through dialogue.”

The erstwhile ideologue of separatism, Bhat reiterated that the formula put forward by Pakistan Dictator Parvez Musharaf is worth consideration and systematic implementation. “Free movement and free trade have to be ensured between two parts of Kashmir. Armies should be withdrawn. Joint management should take up matters of common interest like river waters, installations of joint industrial products,” he said. After 15 years, he said, people will decide.

“If they realize the difference and there will be a relief to a common man, Kashmir issue would be solved,” he said. “If they say no, the mechanism to ascertain their wishes will have to be jointly worked out to finally settle the issue.”

And on this front, he wants to have some kind of relationship with the unionists in Kashmir – the PDP and the NC. “National Conference talks about autonomy, PDP talks about self rule,” Bhat said. “Why should not we move together with a common minimum political agenda and push it ahead?”

The gathering was attended by all the stalwarts of the moderate Hurriyat including the cleric Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Though the cleric is also a strong supporter of Musharaf formula and an ‘out of box solution’, he did not talk much. Instead, he attacked the unionists.

“They cannot even pass a resolution for repealing AFSPA and other draconian laws and still they claim to be the representatives of the people,” thundered Mirwaiz. “They cannot advocate for sentencing the people already charged (a reference to Pathribal), how can they solve Kashmir issue?” Accusing unionists of “playing with the sentiments of the people” Mirwaiz challenged them to even pass a resolution seeking settlement of Kashmir issue in the assembly.

A fierce reaction came a day after when Nayeem Khan on Monday accused Bhat of “misdirecting the struggle”. Addressing a news conference, Khan ruled out any scope for common minimum political agenda saying anybody who has to be part of the “movement” will have to follow the Hurriyat constitution. “There is no solution to the Kashmir problem without giving the people their inalienable right of self-determination,” Khan said. “If somebody is tired, let them step aside.” Khan said Bhat lacks what a political leader requires. “But the ball is now in Mirwaiz’s court and let him come clean,” he said.

For over a year now, the moderate camp is in disarray. After Mirwaiz suspended all the positions and took a decision of reorganizing the alliance, the members are restive over why he is not he sharing the decision making and party positions with others. This is the main crisis in the moderate camp. Now Bhat has given the restive an axe to grind.
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