//Mirwaiz, Shabir reject PM offer for roundtable conference

Mirwaiz, Shabir reject PM offer for roundtable conference

Srinagar, May 22: The moderate Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, has decided not to participate in the second roundtable conference with PM. The Hurriyat was slated to attend the second round-table conference on Kashmir convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on May 24-25.
Announcing the decision at a news conference, Mirwaiz Farooq said the amalgam has unanimously decided not to attend the round-table as it had no agenda. He also added that Hurriyat Conference does not want to share table with “the crowd comprising of political hypocrates”.

The decision was taken after a three-hour marathon meeting of the Hurriyat Executive Council, the highest decision-making body of the amalgam, the general council and the working committee at its Rajbagh headquarters here today.

The sources had indicated that the moderate Hurriyat leaders were busy with the week-long programme to mark the death anniversaries of assassinated leaders Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone.

The moderate Hurriyat Conference had boycotted the first round-table on Kashmir held in New Delhi on February 25.

However, a six-member Hurriyat delegation later met the Prime Minister in New Delhi on May 3.

On the other hand, rejecting the PM’s invitation for second round of the round-table conference here on May 24-25, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) dismissed the conclave as an attempt to “buy time.“

“We have decided to stay away from the conference,” the DFP chief Shabir Ahmad Shah said, adding this decision was taken during the executive committee meeting of the party.

Party spokesman Mohammad Abdullah Tari said the leaders outrightly rejected the invitation received from the Centre.

Shah alleged no measures had been taken by the Centre to make the atmosphere conducive for such a conference. “The ground situation in Kashmir has not changed a bit as human rights violations continued,“ he said.