Ansari reacts sharply to Pak backing for Geelani-led Hurriyat
13 November 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
Srinagar: The Maulana Abbas Ansari-led faction of the Hurriyat Conference has reacted sharply to Pakistan's official recognition of the rebel Hurriyat group.Ansari, in fact, said that it mattered little whether Islamabad recognised his group or not.On Thursday, visiting Information Minister of Pakistan, Sheikh Rashid, said that his country recognised only the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.'Hurriyat is a representative body of the people of Kashmir. It does not matter whether India or Pakistan recognises it or not,' Ansari said.