Geelani Not Our Representative: Amir Jama’at30 March 2010
Srinagar: The Amir Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir, Sheikh Muhammad Hassan, has clarified that chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani was not Jama’at’s representative. “Geelani represents the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu Kashmir and not Jama’at,” said Hassan in an interview with local news agency on Monday. Asked if he had expressed his resentment with Pakistan government on not inviting Jama’at representative to the country, Hassan said he had sent a protest letter to Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi, Shahid Malik, through advocate Zahid Ali, who is representing the Jama’at in Hurriyat Conference (G). “Zahid handed over the letter to Shahid Malik, when the former participated at a function on Yoom-e-Pakistan in New Delhi,” he said, adding that “Either the Pakistan government’s role is partial or it supposes that Geelani is the representative of Jama’at Islami but the fact remains that he (Geelani) represents Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and not Jama’at. He is also the chairman Hurriyat Conference to which Jama’at is a constituent.” Hassan clarified that Jama’at makes its own representation by itself and its spokesman and head of political wing advocate Zahid Ali represents the organization in Hurriyat Conference. Regarding Pakistan stand on Kashmir issue, Hassan said it was satisfactory. “The statements made by the Pakistan Prime Minister for the past some months indicate there is no flexibility in the country’s traditional stand on Kashmir issue,” he said. On Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s invitation for unity, Hassan said Jama’at welcomes, appreciated and lauded every move aimed at unity among the pro-freedom leaders and parties. “But the unity should be aimed at pursuing Kashmir resolution either through the implementation of UN Resolutions or tripartite talks. The former Pakistan president General Pervaz Musharraf’s four-point formula cannot be the basis for unity,” he added.