September 2003 News

Hurriyat to serve show cause notices to Geelani supporters

24 September 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: Hardening its stand, Hurriyat Conference today decided to serve show cause notices to its constituents siding with the breakaway group headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The decision to serve notices demanding explanation from the pro-Geelani constituents was taken at a meeting of executive council of the amalgam at its headquarters here, Hurriyat sources said. The meeting, attended by only four of its seven membersóchairman Moulvi Mohammad Abbass Ansari, Mirwaiz Moulvi Umer Farooq, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Gani Loneódecided that the notices would be served immediately. The constituents would be directed to reply within a week about their joining hands with Geelani in violation of the Hurriyat Constitution, the sources said. Crisis broke out in the amalgam early this month when Geelani led a revolt and formed a parrallel Hurriyat Conference with the support of its many constituents. The sources said the decision to serve notices to the constituents supporting Geelani was taken after Mirwaiz informed the meeting about his efforts to bring back the breakaway parties. The executive council has recently entrusted Mirwaiz with the job to persuade and reunite the Hurriyat constituents. Though Mirwaiz claimed that his efforts are going in right direction and all leaders he had met during the past couple of days have favoured unity at this crucial juncture of the ongoing movement, the sources said the decision to serve the notices was aimed at sending a message to the constituents that indiscipline would not be tolerated. Meanwhile, a one-page statement in Urdu issued by Hurriyat Conference after the meeting said the Executive Council took several decisions with regard to the functioning of the conglomarate which would be implemented immediately. However, the statement did not divulge details about the decisions taken at the meeting. The meeting also discussed the prevailing political situation and felt that the 'delaying' tactics by India and Pakistan over the initiation of dialogue process reflects negative approach, the consequences of which would be 'dangerous', the statement said. 'It is therefore the responsibility of the rulers and politicians of India, Pakistan and Kashmir to start the dialogue process in human interest and work out an everlasting and acceptable solution to the Kashmir issue,' it added. (PTI)


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