Geelani Led Hurriyat Suffers Jolt, JKPL Pulls Out Of Meet
28 May 2005
The Pakistan Tribune
Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, suffered a setback ahead of a crucial meeting of its advisory council to decide on the invitation to visit Pakistan as J and K People's League, one of its contituents, said it would abstain from the meet following continued detention of its leader. The JKPL has decided to 'remain away' from tomorrow's meeting of the 'Majlis-e-Shoora' (advisory council) and 'not to join' the proposed Hurriyat team's visit to Pakistan next month, a JKPL spokesman said. 'The main reason for boycotting the meet was to protest against the Hurriyat's inaction following arrest of JKPL Chairman Sheikh Abdul Aziz,' the spokesman said in a statement. Sheikh is lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail for alleged involvement in a hawala transaction. He said the proposed visit of separatists to Pakistan would 'neither serve any purpose nor achieve any success unless the entire senior Kashmiri leadership is included in the visiting team'. Thanking Pakistan for making such a dialogue possible, he said, his party considers the Confidence-Building Measures (CBM) initiated by India and Pakistan and the dialogue process as a good omen. However, continued detention of the senior Kashmiri leader arrested at a time when there was a breakthrough in CBMs and dialogue process 'smacks of insincerity on the part of India about the dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue'. He said the offer of talks by Pakistan would not be successful unless the JKPL Chairman was set free and included in the Kashmiri leaders' team visiting Pakistan.