14 May, 2021

Treading On Shaky Bridge

Years after the ‘Kashmiriyat’ talks, the NIA grills Hurriyat

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Mirwaiz addresses a gathering after returning from Delhi
Photograph by Javed Ahmad
Treading On Shaky Bridge

History repeats itself through starkly changing contexts. Take April 8 for instance, when Hurr­iat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, accompanied by other separatist leaders, made a trip to Delhi to take questions from the NIA in connection with a case related to all­eged funding of terror groups. The same team, more or less, had made ano­ther Delhi trip way back in 2004, under a wholly different political climate—to discuss with the Vajpayee government possible peace solutions for Kashmir. That meeting made front page news. The recent interrogation is pushed to the background, as election campaigning intensifies in J&K. So is the recent arr­est of JKLF leader ­Mohammad Yasin Malik.

Before leaving for New Delhi, Mirwaiz had said that in spite of the “harassment”, Hurriyat will continue to seek a peaceful resolution for the Kashmir issue. Mirwaiz was accompanied by Hurriyat executive members Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and Masroor Ansari. Ironically, it is the same team that had held talks with the then deputy prime...

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