July 2004 News

Ansari slams door on Geelani

18 July 2004
News Network International

Srinagar: Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference slammed doors on Syed Ali Shah Geelani into the proposed united alliance saying that the hardliner does not lead or represent any political party.   Former chairman of Hurriyat Conference (A) Molvi Mohammed Abbaas Ansari said Geelani has not been included amongst the list of probable invited for joining the new platform because he does not represent any political party, Kashmir Times reported.   'The seven-member executive council of the conglomerate represents members of political parties and not individuals. Geelani was representing Jamat-e-Islami in the council and we have invited Jamat for talks. We are in process of forging unity minus Geelani because he does not represent any political party', he said.   Ansari, who recently resigned from the post of chairman to pave the way for unity amongst the separatist groups which have left them since he took over, said that founder Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has extended invitation to all the groups for talks.   'Mirwaiz is currently busy in holding negotiations with the groups. Jamaat-e-Islami has also been invited and they have said that they will discuss the offer in the Majlis-e-Shora (central working committee) and then react. We are waiting for their response', he said.   Former Hurriyat chairman said all groups including those which is now part of Geelani's faction of Hurriyat Conference will be invited for talks.   'We do not have problems with anyone. We have invited all the groups to join us that include the outfits, which have joined Geelani's faction. But we have not included Geelani in the list of probables. His alliance partners are welcome but not him because he has no political party of his own', he said.   Ansari added that the third round of talks with New Delhi is not possible till the unity amongst all the groups is forged. 'Talks can wait but our unity efforts cannot. We are busy in forging unity so that a united platform is formed to launch a joint fight for the goal. Talks cannot be held when we are preoccupied with our organizational matters', he said.   Former Hurriyat chairman also made it clear that they believe in negotiated settlement of the Kashmir issue and will spare no effort to bring about solution to Kashmir tangle. 'We will strive for our goal which we feel can be achieved through negotiated settlement', he added.  


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