Jamaat-e-Islami Rebuffs Geelani's Efforts
29 June 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: Reacting to Syed Ali Shah Geelani's efforts to form a new political conglomerate with the support of a few separatist leaders, Jamaat-e- Islami has reiterated that any effort to create an alternative to Hurriyat Conference will be tantamount to creating confusion and disunity. Interestingly, several separatist activists including expelled People's Conference and Muslim Conference activists, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar and G N Sumji besides APHC general council member Aga Syed Hassan were present in the meeting called by the estranged Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence on Saturday. However, none of the executive members of APHC was present in the meeting. Taking a dig at the APHC chairman Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Geelani said that those who took part in elections and failed to carry out a boycott programme were traitors and not those who desert APHC. Abdul Gani Bhat, Hurriyat Chairman had recently said that those who desert Hurriyat would be treated as traitors. Stressing that the ball was in the court of Hurriyat, Geelani said that if the conglomerate expels People's Conference, he would extend fullest support to it. He, however, added that the decision about raising an alternative to APHC would be made in a few days and it will be announced in a public meeting at Sopore on July 4. Meanwhile, Jamaat- e-Islami has refuted the reports that it had banned Geelani's individual political activities but said the creation of an alternative to APHC would result into confusion and chaos. The Jamaat- e-Islami spokesman said, the ills, if any, within Hurriyat should be fought while remaining within the conglomerate. It was also stressed that allegations made against People's Conference should be looked into and if proved correct, subsequent action should be taken in accordance with the Hurriyat constitution, the spokesman added.