Jamaat won't allow Geelani to float new party
15 July 2004
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: The Majlis-e-Shoura (MeS) of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) has decided not to allow its senior leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to form a new party. A JeI spokesman in a statement here today said the MeS, the highest decision making body of the Jamaat, has decided in its last meeting to work for unity among several separatist organisations, including the Hurriyat Conference.. The MeS members also agreed that Mr Geelani, who formed the breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) and became its chairman, will not be allowed to form a new party. Mr Geelani was representing JeI in the Executive Council (EC) of the Hurriyat Conference before he stayed away from the EC meetings demanding action against another constituent of the HC Peoples Conference (PC) for fielding proxy candidates in the Assembly elections. Mr Geelani formed the breakaway HC after Moulana Abbas Ansari became chairman of the amalgam in July last year. However, JEI and two other constituents — Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Peoples League — keep equal distance from both the factions of the HC. Moulana Abbas Ansari stepped down as chairman of the HC recently and Moulvi Omar Farooq started fresh unity moves. Mr Abbas said no individual can become member of the HC untill he has his own party and since Mr Geelani was representing JeI in the amalgam there were reports that he may float a new political party. The JeI spokesman said the meeting expressed grave concern over the activities of 'unidentified gunmen' in the Kashmir valley. The MeS strongly condemned the atrocities by these gunmen and security forces, he said. He said members of the MeS are meeting again in the last week of this month to discuss the present situation in the State.