November 2003 News

Expat Kashmiri separatists slam Pak for 'wreaking havoc'

15 November 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

New Delhi: International Kashmir Alliance (IKA), an amalgam of expatriate Kashmiri separatist leaders, has joined hands with Hurriyat Conference led by Maulana Abbas Ansari and criticised Pakistan's move of 'only supporting Syed Ali Shah Geelani'.Asking India and Pakistani to 'keep off' the separatist politics of Kashmir, IKA Chairman Syed Nazir Gilani said in a statement that while it was important to make clear to New Delhi and Islamabad that they should 'keep off from the separatist politics of the state, the onus mainly lay on Pakistan which had been wreaking havoc in the state.'The Pakistan High Commission at New Delhi hosted an Iftar Party sans a mature judgement and an enlightened conscience...Pakistan is a party to the dispute but it has unevenly managed to twist the Muslim sentiment and create a wedge in Hurriyat,' London-based Gilani said in a statement.The new arrangement (of making Geelani as Hurriyat chairman) would cost Islamabad dearly as Kashmiris do not subscribe to his views about Kashmiriyat, Gilani said.Recently, Chairman of the Kashmir Committee Ram Jethmalani had also criticised Geelani for engineering split in the Hurriyat Conference.'The Kashmir Committee is unhappy about the unhelpful posture of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, leading to cleavage and break up of Hurriyat Conference into two,' the former Union Law Minister said.


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