JI To Remain Neutral To Hurriyat Split
22 September 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: While Jamait-e-Islami has decided to remain neutral to the split in Hurriyat, the Pakistan based United Jihad Council, which has been supporting the Geelani faction has been asked by Ansari Hurriyat loyalist and Kashmir's chief clergy Molvi Umar Farooq to keep away from the Hurriyat matters. The UJC headed by Syed Sallahuddin, supreme commander Hizbul Mujahidden outfit had justified Geelani's rebellion against Hurriyat conference headed by Shia leader Molvi Abbas Ansari. During the Majlis Shoura meeting of the Jamaat-e- Islami on Sunday they decided to stay neutral to the split, however, a three member committee was constituted try and unite the Hurriyat Conference. Umar expressed reservations about United Jehad Council's interference in the internal matters of Hurriyat saying they better do their own job. He denounced UJC's tilt towards the Geelani group. 'UJC has a job of its own and they shouldn't interfere in the internal matters of Hurriyat.' He asked UJC that if they were really seeking the Kashmir cause they should support the reunification efforts. Expressing grief over the division in Hurriyat, Mirwaiz accused the dissidents of indulging in petty affairs and sidelining the real cause of Kashmir.