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APHC not happy with Shabir’ initiative to unite separatist groups
5/11/2007 11:55:50 PM

Srinagar, May 11
The All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leadership is not willing to respond to the moves initiated by the Democratic Freedom Party Chief, Shabir Ahmed Shah, for bringing about an issue based unity among various separatist groups in the Jammu and Kashmir.
Commenting on the reported unity moves initiated by Shah, a senior APHC leader, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat said "we do not accept any mediation or unity bid initiated by Shah, who had years ago quit the APHC. We treat him as a nonentity because he could not hold together the Peoples' League, which he had founded in Kashmir." APHC leader said "separatists are united as far as the agenda for peaceful and durable settlement of the Kashmir issue is concerned." He added "we may differ on the methodology for finding a solution to the Kashmir issue. We may differ as far as our organizational activities are concerned but the agenda for resolving the Kashmir issue to the satisfaction of the people
of the Valley is the same."
When reminded that some separatists were for Kashmir’s incorporation with Pakistan and others for "Azadi" Prof. Bhat said "we are for a solution that fulfills the aspirations of people of the State. We neither support Kashmir's incorporation with Pakistan nor Azadi but a solution that is acceptable to the majority of people of the State."
Earlier, Shabir Ahmed Shah had stated that he was trying to bring about an "issue based" unity among various groups of separatists. He had said "I am for bringing these groups on one platform so that our claim to represent people of Kashmir looks credible’’, he said.
However, both the DFP Chief and the APHC leader agree on the reasons for not accepting invitation to the third roundtable conference, held in Delhi recently under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. Both of them agree on the need for a separate dialogue with separatists so that some viable solution could be debated and once the contours of those solutions were defined the same could be discussed with Islamabad and in the roundtable conferences.

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