ISLAMABAD - The Kashmiri leadership in the Occupied Kashmir has reacted strongly to Mansoor Ijaz’s statement regarding a RAW deputy director’s meeting with Yasin Malik, terming it a bid to malign Kashmir cause.

In separate telephonic conversations with this journalist during this week, the Kashmiri leaders regretted what they termed as Ijaz’s ‘unsubstantiated’, ‘baseless’ and ‘unfounded’ allegations that, according to them, could prove detrimental to the Kashmir’s freedom struggle.

“This is really unfortunate that Mansoor Ijaz resorted to imaginary insinuations and accusations without any concrete evidence instead of clarifying his position in the Memogate scandal. This is just unsubstantiated and baseless. Totally unfounded. These kind of allegations from people with notorious and controversial past might stir a heated controversy but they are totally destructive particularly when it comes to an indigenous freedom movement led by its true representatives,” said the veteran Syed Ali Gilani, Chairman APHC.

“There might be some differences within Kashmir’s political diaspora and that too on minor issues but nobody could cast even the slightest aspersions on the loyalty, dedication and commitment of any Kashmiri leader towards Kashmir cause.”

The Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik who vehemently denied Mansoor Ijaz claims, said Ijaz was not to be trusted while recalling some related happenings in distant past. “It’s on the record that I severely reprimanded him (Mansoor Ijaz) when he uttered nonsense and blasphemous content about Muslims. He tried his best to get me meet the RAW chief but failed,” Malik said referring to a seminar on Occupied Kashmir in Harriyana (India) where the Kashmiri leader hurled his shoe at Ijaz before leaving the gathering to protest what Malik termed as Ijaz’s ‘anti-Muslim bashing’

Mansoor Ijaz has recently stated that Yasin Malik’s meeting with Chandar Saharay, former Deputy Director of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s premier spy agency, in the year 2000, had brought ceasefire between Indian forces and Kashmiri militants in the Valley.

“Had there been anything wrong with my intentions, I would not have come all the way from Srinagar to appear before Memogate Commission and to be represented in the Supreme Court by my counsel. As I’ve said a number of times and I repeat, a day after the shoe throwing incident, Mansoor met me in a hotel and apologised while introducing this spy (Chandar Saharay) to me as an Indian businessman and wanted me to meet RAW chief (A S Dolat) but I refused the moment I sensed that Chandar was not what he was impersonating to be, and I left.”

The APHC central leader in Islamabad Syed Yousuf Naseem, who is on a visit to Geneva, questioned the validity of Mansoors’ claims regarding Yasin Malik. “When he himself admits that Yasin Malik has rendered great sacrifices for Kashmir’s freedom struggle, what’s there to speculate then?”

“What Mansoor says is a set of wild allegations. Is there any shred of doubt left to cast aspersions when Mansoor himself recalls Yasin Maliks’ sacrifices with gratitude?”

The Occupied Kashmir Government Spokesperson GA Wani told The Nation that Srinagar police officials held occasional meetings with Kashmiri leaders for maintaining peace in the region but RAW and Indian Army personnel were never involved in these kind of meet-ups. “Not to my knowledge. The details of every official and even informal meetings are made available to us and I cannot really confirm if any arrangement of interactions between intelligence agencies and Kashmiri representatives is existent,” Wani wrote to this scribe in a text message following a related phone conversation.

The militant-turned politician from JKLF Sarmad Dar dubbed Mansoor Ijaz as an “impostor” who faked himself as a special secretary to former US President Bill Clinton, back in the year 2000, he said. “His pack of lies shattered to bits when we visited the US, the next year, and the American officials denied Mansoor’s association with the US government in any official capacity, when we inquired about him,” he recalled.

“Yasin never accepted Indian Army’s proposal to secretively negotiate with them at the time when worst kind of torture was inflicted upon him in the Indian military’s detention centres. Why would he secretively meet a RAW sleuth later to negotiate on Kashmir?”