Cracks in the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) became evident when separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah, head of the Democratic Freedom Party, and some other senior separatist leaders claimed to be the real Hurriyat.
Shah, National Front chairman Nayeem Khan and Mahaz-e-Azadi chief Azam Inquilabi said in a joint statement that disruptive elements would not be tolerated in the Hurriyat Conference.
Though they did not name Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in the statement, they are annoyed with the Hurriyat chairman for apparently writing to the Hurriyat in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) asking it not to entertain representatives of Shah, Khan and Inquilabi.
The leaders are further annoyed as contents of this letter were leaked, according to them, deliberately.
“There is no official split in the Hurriyat as such, but we have distanced ourselves from those who are anti-resistance movement and have violated the constitution of the Hurriyat,’’ Shabir Shah told The Indian Express.
“We are the real Hurriyat and our doors are open to all those who are committed to the freedom struggle and have no vested interest against the struggle. For one-and-a-half decades we remained silent on many things,’’ he said.
TheAll Parties Hurriyat Conference, an alliance of separatist parties and leaders, was formed on March 9, 1993, to further the cause of separatism.
On September 7, 2003, the Hurriyat Conference split into two.
The moderate faction is led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the hardline faction by Syed Ali Geelani.
Leaders of the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat have been barred from speaking to the media, even as rumors of another split in the Hurriyat are making the rounds in the separatist camp.