Geelani Comes Under Fire From People's League
31 May 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani today came under attack from one of its constituents, J-K People's League. The party leadership blamed the Hurriyat Conference for not raising voice against illegal detention of party chairman Sheikh Abdul Aziz by the Centre government. The J&K People's League had also boycotted the Sunday meeting of Hurriyat Conference Majlis-i- Shoora, where the Hurriyat took a decision not to board June 2, Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus. Acting chairman of People's League, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori today said 'the party chairman Sheikh Abdul Aziz has been facing illegal detention since Febuary 17 and is being humiliated by the police in the custody. It is irony, since illegal detention of our leaders, Hurriyat leaders neither protested nor raised a voice against the government,' he blamed. Sopori said to register its protest, the party stayed away from the Sunday meeting of the Hurriyat. 'Our parties will not part ways from the Hurriyat. We will be part of it,' he said. Ahead of Hurriyat- Geelani's decision the People's League leaders had made it clear that they are not in favour of boarding the June 2 bus. For improving relations, when India and Pakistan were working on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), our chairman was detained, said Sopori, adding, 'in detention, our leader is passing through pain and agony and how come we come we have participated the Hurriyat meetings.' Terming the Indo-Pak peace process a good exercise, Sopori, however, said it will only bear good results when Kashmiri people are included in the dialogue process. If the government is serious in talks, it should release all the detenues and stop human right violations. Sopori said though his party trusts Pakistan but if the governments of Pakistan or its leader take some wrong steps vis-a-vis Kashmir the party will not remain silent but criticise.