Hurriyat Splits and Divisions

With Six moderate Hurriyat constituents — Salvation Movement chairman Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Muslim League chairman Hakeem Abdul Rashid, Kashmir Freedom Front chairman Syed Bashir Andrabi, National Peoples Party chairman Syed Saleem Geelani, Peoples League chief Sheikh Yaqoob and Muslim Khawateen Markaz chairperson Yasmeen Raja deciding to part away from Mirwaiz Umar Farooq lead Hurriyat (M) and thus another spilt has taken place in Hurriyat.


As a matter of fact,The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) was as  an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organizations was formed on March 9, 1993 as a pro-freedom political front to raise the cause of Kashmiri sentiment with reference to liberty . This alliance has historically been viewed positively by Pakistan as it contests the claim of the Indian government over the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

However divisions and cracks among this once forceful and strong platform has demoralized many Kashmir as many Hurriyats came out of the single united Platform of Hurriyat The very first Internal fissures within the Hurriyat Conference had culminated in a formal split on September 7, 2003, with at least 12 of its 26 constituents ‘removing’ the then Chairman Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari ‘replacing’ him with Masarat Alam as its interim chief.

As a matter of fact, much to the disappointment of its supporters,  Hurriyat Conference again got split in 2014, moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq faced spilt after four senior leaders raised a banner of revolt against the chairman and other members of the conglomerate. Democratic Freedom Party president Shabir Ahmad Shah, National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mahaz-e-Azadi chief Mohammad Azam Inqlabi and Islamic Political Party Mohommad Yousuf Naqash were up in arms against Mirwaiz after he dashed a letter to convener in Pakistan Administred  Kashmir Mohommad Yousuf Naseem asking him not to entertain the leaders who have left the conglomerate on their own and they formed JK Hurriyat.

Splits and Divisions have certainly not augured well for the health of Hurriyat Conference as a viable pro-freedom political platform.