Hasimuddin Drifted Away From Geelani
16 September 2004
The Times of India
New Delhi: Pir Hasimuddin, the former political aide of Syed Ali Shah Geelani's Tehriq-e-Hurriyat, had fallen out with the pro-Pakistan leader before he was killed in his house near Srinagar on Wednesday. The rift had to do with a dispute over money with Hasimuddin reportedly challenging the way Geelani controlled massive funds flowing into the Tehriq-e-Hurriyat's coffers from Pakistan. For the security agencies here, the assassination falls into the pattern where Pakistan-backed elements have tried to eliminate resistance to their favourite: Geelani. This is part of Islamabad's plan to secure a place for Tehriq-e-Hurriyat in the talks to decide the fate of J&K on the ground that the secessionist outfit was the true representative of 'Kashmiris'. Those behind the plan have gone about its execution with clinical precision. Hasimuddin had been managing the funds of Tehriq- e-Hurriyat after he was ousted from the All Party Hurriyat Conference, as its secretary. But Geelani had replaced him recently. The outfit was getting funds from the ISI and also from Saudi Arabia. Most of the funds were routed through the US-based Kashmir American Council of Ghulam Nabi Fai or the UK-based Ayub Thakar who died recently, sources said. Serious differences had cropped up between Geelani and Hasimuddin. Both had accused each other about bungling of funds. Matters came to a head when Geelani announced that he was replacing Hasimuddin by Ashraf Shehrai.