Break Point
 Crisis deepen among Separatists with dissenters alleging Mirwaiz of hegemony
Bilal Lone addressing a rally
By Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar: Former chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat recently fired a salvo by his controversial remarks about the irrelevance of the United Nations’ Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. Going a step further, he also proposed a formation of a joint political front with pro-India parties like National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The salvo has added fuel to the already raging fires within the moderate faction of Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq over the restructuring of the Separatist amalgam where majority of the general council members allege hegemony by few executive members.

However, to be fair to Bhat, he has said nothing new. He has made such statements in the past as well, questioning the validity of the UN resolutions. In fact, five years back he was an ardent supporter of the former Pakistan President General Musharaf’s four-point formula for resolving the Kashmir issue bilaterally without any reference to the UN resolutions.

His current remarks were made at a rally at his native village Botengo in North Kashmir in early May. He said that geo-political situation forced India to take the Kashmir issue to the United Nations. “Since the situation has changed over the decades,” he said, “the resolutions are un-implementable.”

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