July 2004 News

Geelani to work for unity

16 July 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: Refusing to have any alliance with those who 'indirectly' participated in the last Assembly elections, chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said he will always work for unity among the separatists. Addressing Friday congregation at Hyderpora Bypass, Mr Geelani, without naming the Peoples Conference, (PC) a constituent of another faction of the HC, said there is no possibility of reunion with those who supported Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during the elections. Mr Geelani did not attend the HC executive council meetings after Assembly elections in 2002, demanding action against PC for fielding proxy candidates. He said forming an alliance with these parties will amount to selling the movement for which more than one lakh people have sacrificed their lives. However, he said, for a broader unity among the separatists, the doors of his party will always remain open for individuals and parties. Mr Geelani in his address further said that nobody will be allowed to sell the sacrifices made by the people of Jammu and Kashmir during the past 55 years. Mr Geelani had formed his own HC after Moulana Abbas Ansari gave a clean chit to PC.


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