Geelani Hints At Floating New Separatist Party
22 August 2003
The Indian Express
Srinagar: On People's Conference turf, firebrand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani today again dropped strong hints of launching a new separatists party and sought people's support for it. Geelani, who was relieved of his charge as head of the political bureau of the Jamaat recently, said the formation of the new party was essential as 'Hurriyat has lost its way'. Addressing a public rally in Handwara - a stronghold of Sajjad Lone-led People's Conference, Geelani said soon he along with other leaders sharing common faith and belief in the freedom movement would launch a separate political party. He said time had come to 'build a new house of new bricks with a strong foundation' for which he needed people's cooperation. Urging people not to get confused and support one-leadership, the separatist hardliner said: 'Together we would not allow the new structure to collapse. I assure you that this structure would withstand all onslaughts of the time.' The separatist leader said time had come for Kashmiris to launch a peaceful struggle.