Accord with Ansari group amounts to betrayal: Geelani
10 July 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said any agreement with the moderate faction of the Hurriyat amounts to betrayal of the ongoing freedom struggle. He was addressing a gathering at Brath in Sopore. However, Geelani was not allowed to address another public meeting at Handwara because he was arrested along with his other associates at Watayan village, Kashmir Times reported. 'The cleansing programme in the Hurriyat was an outcome of the double standards of few people', the Hurriyat chairman said at Brath without mentioning them by name. He said the people have been supportive of the leadership from 1947 so that they will fulfill the requirements of 'freedom struggle'. 'The unity with the fatigue ridden people or those who do not believe in the truthfulness of this struggle amounts to betrayal of the cause', he said. Geelani said New Delhi wants to crush the struggle by force. 'But popular movements cannot be crushed by force. That is why they are offering concessions to put a curtain over the facts', he said. The chairman of the Hurriyat faction reiterated his stand that Kashmiris should be given the right to determine their own future. 'The result of the sacrifices of our one lakh men will culminate at our complete freedom and our struggle will continue till that goal is achieved', he said. Geelani said the ongoing struggle has sound foundation and it cannot be linked with terrorism. 'Instead of parotting that Kashmir is an integral part of India, it should fulfill the promises made with Kashmiris', he said. After his speech at Brath, Geelani along with other associates left to Handwara. They were intervened by forces and were later arrested. A Hurriyat spokesman said other Hurriyat leaders including Agha Syed Hassan Almosvi, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed condemned the arrests and said it is an undemocratic move. The Hurriyat also condemned the police action in Handwara.