September 2003 News

Women outfit attacks Geelani

22 September 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: In a surprising development, radical womenís organisation, Dukhtaran- i-Millat (daughters of nation) today came down heavily on the veteran separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for heading the breakaway group of Hurriyat Conference. ' By forming the parallel Hurriyat Conference, Geelani has shattered the dreams of all those people who were looking upon him as pro-Islamic leader and wanted him to lead the nation on Islamic lines instead of leading a forum which has already lost its image for its secular Communist ideology,' Dukhtaran- i-Millat (DuM) chief Syed Asia Indrabi said in a statement. Indrabi, a staunch Geelani supporter said there was no difference between the old Hurriyat Conference and the newly-formed Hurriyat Conference as only the names have changed. 'In the new Hurriyat Conference formed by Geelani, there was no dearth of secular people having controversial backgrounds and Geelani also knows them very well, she said. Counselling Geelani to take the reins of the on-going movement in his hands, the DuM chief said forum politics have always failed not only in Kashmir but at international level as well. 'Therefore the need of the hour was that a Kashmiri leader should lead the whole nation on Islamic principles,' she said. Leading the nation on Islamic lines would demonstrate to the whole world that the Muslims of Kashmir have rejected Hurriyat Conference because the amalgam has shown its inclination towards India, adopted the way of unislamic politics, considering Kashmir as traditional political issue rather a religious issue and were against the armed struggle, Indrabi said. ' I want to make it clear to Geelani that Kashmiri Muslims were looking to see him as a symbol of Umar Mukhtar and not as the head of a Hurriyat Conference breakaway group,' she said. Indrabi asked Geelani to respect the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, carry forward the on-going religious movement to its logical conclusion ( merger of Kashmir with Pakistan) and do not be part of a game-plan of any agency intentionally or unintentionally. The remote control of our movement should be in our hands rather than in those of any agency, Indrabi added.(PTI)


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