Pakistan Pushed 8 Separatist Groups To Join Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Says Home Ministry Note

21 July 2015
The Economic Times
Aman Sharma

New Delhi: Pakistan had engineered the induction of eight separatist groups into the hardline Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani in May, reflecting Pakistan's 'continued support' to the ageing separatist leader, the home ministry has said in a note which was accessed by ET. 'This also led to the domination of the separatist discourse by anti-national elements, with emphasis on implementation of the UN resolutions,' the note says, terming the 'Pakistan-sponsored induction' of the eight separatist members into Hurriyat faction of Geelani as an 'important development'. Interestingly, Geelani had rejected the invite from Pakistan High Commissioner for an 'Eid Milan' party on July 21, saying he was 'boycotting' the function due to dropping of the Kashmir-word during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in Ufa in Russia. Of the eight separatist groups which had joined Geelani in May were five defectors from the moderate faction of the Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement, Kashmir Freedom Front, Tehreek-e-Mazahamat, Islamic Political Party, Gojer Phari Forum, Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Pairvan-i-Villayat and separatist leader Hakeem Abdul Rasheed had joined the Geelani faction. They had vowed to work for right of self-determination as per the hardline Hurriyat ideology. Geelani had criticised the Indo-Pak joint statement in Ufa and had stressed that India should fulfill the UN resolution.