July 2005 News

Hardline Hurriyat Faction Member Resigns

26 July 2005
The Indian Express

Srinagar: In a major setback to headline Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, one of its constituent Anjuman-e-Shari-e-Shian today resigned from the membership of the amalgam. We have sent in our resignation to Hurriyat Conference,' President of Anjuman-e-Shari-e- Shian Syed Aga Hassan told PTI. He said the decision to quit the amalgam was taken at the general council of the Anjuman, the largest Shia body of the state, held on July 21. The general council felt that the suggestions of Anjuman were not being paid any heed to by the Hurriyat leadership and hence it decided to snap ties with it, Hassan said. The Anjuman was one of the major constituents of the Hurriyat Conference and Geelani had floated the parallel faction mostly based on its support in September 2003. Even in the erstwhile undivided Hurriyat, the Anjuman had expressed its resentment on not being taken into confidence on major decisions like running anti- election campaigns and peace talks. Although Hassan did not make any mention of the future of Anjuman's politics, sources in the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference said efforts were on to persuade him back into the fold.


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