August 2003 News

Geelani flays Hurriyat for changing stance

2 August 2003
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Launching a scathing attack on All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani criticised its leaders for changing their stance frequently, which, he said, had created confusion in the conglomerate. 'It is better for them (Hurriyat leaders) to participate in the elections,' Geelani said while addressing a public gathering at Shopian in southKashmir. Geelani added that the constitution of Hurriyat Conference stated theKashmirissue should be resolved under the auspices of the UN resolutions, but 'the AHPC is voicing one thing today and something else tomorrow.' Maulvi Abbas Ansari ruled out any foreign mediation to resolve theKashmirissue immediately after his election as Hurriyat chairman. He later changed his stance and said that theUSandUKcould intervene to settle theKashmirissue. Describing the Hurriyat's approach as frivolous, Geelani said when elections were announced the AHPC busied itself in talks with Ram Jethmalani and a senior leader of the conglomerate was honeymooning inFrance. But the People's Conference, Geelani said, contested the elections and a member of that party was now theJammu and Kashmirforest minister. 'On the one hand People's Conference is in the administration and on the other it is also a part of the Hurriyat,' Geelani said, adding the Hurriyat entertained the People's Conference  he would not represent the JI in the Hurriyat. Advocating plebiscite, Geelani said that Kashmiris should be given a choice to decide whether they wanted to remain withIndiaor joinPakistan. Meanwhile, a three-member Hurriyat delegation left forNew Delhion Saturday to resume talks with the Kashmir Committee. The delegation will be headed by Abbas Ansari, Abdul Gani Bhat and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.


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