Srinagar: The conspicuous absence of top leaders of Mirwaiz Maulvi Umar Farooq -led All Party Hurriyat Conference from important party meetings has lifted the veil off the hidden fissures within the moderate group.

The emerging resentment among the party members may soon lead to the collapse of moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference.

However, several second-line leaders and officials of Kashmir Bar Association are trying hard to settle down scores among the moderate leasers but the matter does not seem to resolve soon.

According to the sources, the split in the Hurriyat house of moderates had emerged two years back when several party leaders insisted on the conversion of the moderate faction into an organised political party and elimination of the personal identity of all the constituents. However, the issue came into the back-foot in the wake of political changes witnessed in Jammu & Kashmir.

The signs of rift were evident in the recent public appearances of the Hurriyat leaders. The close allies of Mirwaiz including senior leaders Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and Molvi Abbas Ansari, who form the main structure of the Hurriyat platform, maintained distance from the Chairman.

Shabir Ahmad Shah and Naeem Khan, two other prominent faces of the separatist amalgam, had already been operating individually.

It is noteworthy that none of these leaders accompanied Mirwaiz in the seminar on the eve of International Human Rights day on Decemebr 10.

Besides this, Shabir Ahmed Shah and Naeem Khan have been seen carrying their activities without any cognizance with the party from the past three months.

Sources from the faction said that the differences are emerging because most of the party leaders believe that the real agenda of the Hurriyat is missing now. They accuse Mirwaiz of having become self-centric and not taking care of other groups’ interests.

JPN/Bureau