Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian merges with moderate Hurriyat
3 September 2005
Srinagar: Two days ahead of its meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today received a shot in the arm when the prominent Shia organisation, Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian, formally joined the separatist amalgam. Announcing the merger of his party with the Hurriyat, Anjuman president Aga Syed Hassan said the Supreme Council of his party unanimously endorsed the decision to join the amalgam. Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq himself visited Hassan's residence on Thursday and extended an invitation to him to join the separatist conglomarate which he accepted in principle, Hassan said. He said, he, however, sought time from the Mirwaiz to formally join the conglomarate on the plea that he had to take the Supreme Council of his party into confidence. Anjuman was a part of undivided Hurriyat untill 2003 but after its division, Hassan shifted his loyalty to the hardline faction leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani but the honeymoon was short lived as he parted ways with the amalgam in July this year citing dictatorial style of Geelani as the reason. Hassan's name was likely to be included in the team of Hurriyat leaders for talks with Prime Minister in New Delhi on September five but the second rung leaders of the conglomarate expressed resentment saying his party had yet to formally join Hurriyat.