Srinagar: As India and Pakistan decided to put Kashmir crisis on hold for a decade, the All Party Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is planning to contest directly or indirectly in the upcoming elections in Kashmir in next two-years.

According to sources, the Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is not in a mood to repeat 2002 and 2008 mistakes in future. Sources also added that the amendments in the democratic and organizational structure of the Hurriyat in the past four years were aimed at its participation in the assembly elections.

If sources are to be believed, Mirwaiz, ahead of the elections, will target the central funds allocated to the state. Mirwaiz is in touch with the local people. The Hurriyat is likely to raise the issues like - unemployment, power crisis and drinking water to woo the public ahead of elections. 

Kashmir Images owner and publisher Bashir Manzar said, “This is not an unexpected move. Earlier, Sajjad Gani Lone, who took over the leadership of the separatist People’s Conference party after his father’s assassination, was Kashmir’s first separatist leader to contest elections.”

He added, “There were also reports that Sajjad Gani Lone and Mirwaiz had met in past few months to discuss Kashmir’s electoral politics. There were also reports of some differences between Sajjad and his brother Bilal Gani Lone which was addressed by Mirwaiz’s intervention.”

Sources also informed that, Mirwaiz along with Democratic Freedom Party chief and senior Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmad Shah after meeting envoys of various countries in New Delhi will hold public meetings in the state to make people aware about the political environment of the state.

(JPN/Bureau)