Foil designs of secular leaders: Geelani
24 February 2001
The Asian Age
Srinagar: The rift within the Hurriyat Conference came to the fore with the former chairman of the conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, asking the people to foil designs of so-called 'secular leaders bent upon harming the freedom struggle in Jammu and Kashmir". "A conspiracy is going on in the Hurriyat Conference and it is you who have to distinguish and choose between the so-called secular leaders and those toeing the Islamic line," Geelani told a Friday congregation in Baramulla district on Friday. Lashing out at people's conference chairman and senior executive member of Hurriyat Conference, Abdul Gani Lone, the fireband pro-Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami leader said there was no room for secular politics in Kashmir and urged the people to reject secular politicians. "Time has come when people of Kashmir have to decide whether to support secular politics or politics based on Islamic principles," Geelani said and asked people to extend their full support to the politics supported by religious tenets. He said the ongoing movement drew inspiration from Islam and he did not believe in "La-deen" (anti-islamic) politics.