July 2003 News

Geelani favours Hurriyat’s replacement

4 July 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SOPORE: Airing his difference openly with the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on the issue of Peoples Conference (PC), former chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said the amalgam had failed to plead the Kashmir issue properly. I will not attend any general council or executive council meeting of the 23-party alliance untill action was taken against the PC for fielding proxy candidates in the last Assembly elections , he told a public meeting at Sopore, his home town this afternoon. He said under the constitution of the APHC no constituent will contest Assembly or Parliament elections in the state. A constituent pc fielded proxy candidates and one of them (Ghulam Mohiuddin Sofi) become minister, he said adding shockingly no action was taken against the PC. He said PC has no right to remain in the amalgam after it violated the Constitution. Without naming any leader he said instead of launching anti election campaign, many amalgam leaders got themselves busy talking to Kashmir Committee (KC) headed by former Union Law Minister Ram Jethmalani while others were on personnel tour. I have made clear to aphc that I will not attend any meeting of the amalgam untill action was taken against PC, he declared. Admitting that he had suggested to float a new party which could represent aspirations of the people of Kashmir, he said. Former amalgam chairman said APHC has failed to plead the Kashmir cause properly. People, including Jamaat-e-Islami, had lot of expectation from the APHC, but it simply failed. Mr Geelani said the ten year failed experience in APHC forced us to think about floating a new party which could represent the wishes and aspirations of the people of the Kashmir. The fire-brand leader who represent Jamaat in the amalgam suggested to form a new party in the state with Jamat Constitution. Since Jamaat-e-Islami enjoys the support of the people on the ground it should take a lead, he said. Mr Geelani said that he made it clear to a senior intelligence officer of the Government of India that people of the Jammu and Kashmir want a honourable solution to the Kashmir issue. He said during his meeting with the officer at his residence in May 2002, he (officer) wanted our support to peace process. But I told him that lasting peace is possible only after the Kashmir issue is resolved. On the question of participating in the Assembly elections, I told the officer that we took part in the elections in the past but came to conclusion that election or selection will not help to resolve the Kashmir issue. Mr Geelani said Pakistan has fought three wars with India on Kashmir issue with the result it has lost west Pakistan. We will never forget the moral and political support being provided by pakistan to us, he has told the intelligence officer. He said he did not agree with the proposal of the officer that we can hold public meetings and raise pro freedom slogans provided we can also keep in touch with him (officer). About his detention in Ranchi jail, he said he lost eleven kg because of the infection due to lack of basic facilities. Taking a dig at coalition Government in the state, Mr Geelani said much talked of healing touch policy has failed to heal the wounds of people. He alleged that custodial killings and other attrocities are going on without any check in the Valley. (PTI)


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