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‘‘Advani amnesty to boost freedom struggle’’
Mohammad Abbas Ansari, a senior Hurriyat leader heads Majlis-e-Ittehadul
Muslimeen. Known for his pro-Pakistan leanings, Ansari is the lone
member in the executive council of the All Party Hurriyat Conference who
holds a degree from a madrasa. He is seen as one of the most rigid
personalities in the amalgam that has been spearheading struggle for
independence in the J&K. S Ubaidur Rahman met him recently for an
Has Agra summit been of any help to your struggle?
Indo-Pak dialogues are essential for the early resolution of Kashmir
issue. Both the countries, India and Pakistan are nuclear power, so it
is essential for both the countries to sit on the dialogue table and
sort out the problem as soon as possible. Agra summit was just a
beginning. The summit internationalized the Kashmir issue afresh. It is
a great success for Kashmiris and their cause.
It is essential for both the countries to continue talks. They will have
to create an atmosphere of trust. This mutual trust will help both the
countries come closer. Agra was the first step, they will have to
Can you foresee an early resolution of the Kashmir issue?
Resolution of the J&K issue is essential. Early resolution of the
tangle is important not only for Kashmiris but for the whole world. The
world powers will have to intervene in the issue and the early it
happens the better.
South Asia is known among the most dangerous zones in the world.
Solution of the Kashmir issue will not only help ease the tension in the
area but also lead to eventually fast development here as well.
Kashmir has already been destroyed. It has lost 70000 lives in the
struggle and more and more lives are being sacrificed every day. Here
every woman is unsafe, be it two year-old girl or 90 year-old lady.
Thousands of our youth are missing. Their fate is unknown. No one knows
their whereabouts. We can satisfy our self about the people who lost
their lives, but what about thousands of those whose fate is unknown. As
a Muslim I believe that these sacrifices will be rewarded and the issue
will be solved.
Do you see the solution in going with Pakistan? What about thousands who
want to live with India?
We have been assured of our right to chose our fate by the United
Nations and India. We should be given the right. It is possible that
people may eventually decide to live with India. But we should be given
the right. We want to be given a free hand as assured by the UN and
India to choose the options of going with India or Pakistan or to go it
Where does the APHC stand today in the J&K? Why you are shying away
from contesting polls in the Valley?
Hurriyat Conference is the sole representative of the Kashmiris and
everyone recognizes its role.
We are ready to fight the polls provided these elections are monitored
by international monitors. Elections here have always been rigged and it
was even admitted recently by none other than the Prime Minister Atal
Behari Vajpayee. What is the use of contesting the polls if you are sure
that the polls are going to be rigged and result manipulated?
It is said that Hurriyat is only a paper tiger?
There is a proverb commonly used in Kashmir-dogs bark and the work
continues. It applies to everywhere. No such struggle for independence
has ever been praised by anyone. It has received only criticism and
You see we have been demanding that elections be held under
international monitors. Now Farooq has also made the same demand. Ask
Farooq why his father held hostage the whole state for 22 years? Even
Farooq himself was claiming that all is not well in the J&K and was
shouting openly against the atrocities and discriminations in the
Valley, but when Rajiv Gandhi made him the state chief minister he
forgot everything. And since he is governing the state under central
government's patronage, he has forgotten what he was demanding earlier
and is trying to suppress the struggle.
We have a mass base in J&K. Our popularity needs no proof. It is
evident from our support among the masses.
Gandhiji and Nelson Mandela did not fight elections. Even Yaser Arafat
did not fight one. But their popular support among people was accepted
by all. We do not boast of our popularity but it is for everyone to see.
Is Hurriyat real representatives of Kashmiris or Hizb or other
They are our children. Their is no difference between us. They have been
cheated and we are all sympathetic for them.
If the government starts talks with Hizbul Mujahideen and other such
organizations will there be any relevance of Hurriyat?
We are concerned with results (Aam Khane se matlab hai). If the
government talks to them and result is positive, then we will welcome
the result. But we want a permanent solution of the Kashmir issue.
Suppose you get through, will Kashmir not go the Afghan way?
Kashmir and Afghanistan are two different cases. Kashmir will never go
What about the controversy on Purdah (veil) issue?
Islam does not favour suppression. We are totally opposed to the threats
given on purdah. People cannot be forced to act on anyone's dictate till
the sharia rules are implemented.
But their is a deep-rooted suspicion also. We do not know who is behind
the acid attacks on girls and enforcement of purdah. We never heard the
name of Lashkar-e-Jabbar. It may be anyone.....
What about home minister LK Advani's amnesty offer to Army personnel and
police on human rights violations?
The proposal is aimed to give total freedom to the security personnel to
do whatever they want with no fear of punishment. It will be a license
to kill and rape. They are already free, the new proposal will give them
absolutely free hand.
But instead of harming the independence in the Valley it will give the
freedom struggle a boost as even those people who are not in favour of
our demands will be forced to rethink their stand. It will strengthen
the struggle in Kashmir and help the cause of the separatist movement in
the Valley and elsewhere.