|Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 11: The joining of the separatist leaders to different political parties is an indication that the top leadership of the Hurriyat Conference is seriously thinking of joining mainstream politics.
On Saturday, a top Hurriyat activist Zafar Habib Dar joined the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari.
Dar, who was a supporter of the hardline Hurriyat Conference faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, joined the Apni Party in the presence of Bukhari and other senior leaders of the party here.
Earlier former leader of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Talat Majid had joined the Apni Party.
Hailing from south Kashmir Pulwama district Talat Majid, a Rukn-e-Jamaat (member of Jamaat) before it was banned, joined the Apni Party headed by Syed Altaf Bukhari along with a large number of his supporters.
Talat admitted that the destiny of the people of Jammu and Kashmir lies with India and it is high time to accept their reality to save the future of the younger generation. Earlier former separatist leader Syed Muzaffar Rizvi had joined the Apni Party. He was appointed as vice president of the party.
Rizvi was the general secretary of Itehad
ul-Muslimeen headed by former Hurriyat Conference chairman Abbass Ansari.
A top Hurriyat activist Zafar Habib Dar joined the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari.
Earlier a former leader of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Talat Majid had joined the Apni Party.
Talat had admitted that the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir people lies with India.
The majority of the separatist leaders who joined the mainstream politics were associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami.
Jammu and Kashmir Jamaat-e-Islami, a radical outfit, was banned on February 28, 2019, by the Home Ministry for allegedly being involved in subversive activities in the region. The Union Home Ministry had claimed the organization has close links with secessionists and terrorist groups and contests the merger of J&K into the Union of India.
Post ban on the JeI, authorities had carried massive crackdown on its first and second-line leadership and detained its hundreds of members and associates across J&K.
In June 2022, the J&K government also banned several schools affiliated with FAT. The students studying in these schools were asked to immediately take admission to government-run schools.
The FAT is an affiliate of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) which is proscribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
The State Investigation Agency (SIA) of J&K Police accused FAT of gross illegalities, fraud, and encroachment of government lands.