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"Farooq Has No Credibility"

A face to face with Shabir Shah, leader of the People's League

"Farooq Has No Credibility"
"Farooq Has No Credibility"
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IT is suggested that I have a discussion with some Hurriyat leaders in view of my dabbling in political journalism. I readily agree. At the meeting, I shake hands with a man in his late 30s, bearded, of swarthy mien, serious in deportment, and elaborately courteous in his conversation. This is Shabir Shah, who, according to recent opinion polls conducted in the Valley, is the most popular leader there. He is in Delhi in connection with the opening of what the Hurriyat calls the "Awareness Bureau". Simply put, it is the Hurriyat's branch office in Delhi. The Bureau was inaugurated on November 4. I wonder about the Hurriyat's intention in opening an office in Delhi; about its views on increasing Pakistani assertiveness on Kashmir; how they react to Narasimha Rao's bid to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of 1995; how they assess the state's prospects.

Even before I start, Shabir Shah says: "You are a buzurg, you have much experience in Indian and global politics and you are deeply knowledgeable about problems affecting Kashmir...

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