August 2017 News

Geelani Asked To Clarify His Remarks In Hurriyat (G) Meet

23 August 2017
Rising Kashmir
Sameer Showkin Lone

Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani's was asked to clarify about his recent statement in which he had asked Government of India to show 'Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamhooriyat' to resolve the long pending Kashmir issue during the amalgam's Executive Council meeting on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Geelani appointed Haji Ghulam Nabi Sumji as Secretary General, Mohammad Yousuf Mir as Deputy Secretary General and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar as chief spokesman of Hurriyat (G). The new office bearers have been appointed in the backdrop of the arrest of top leaders of the amalgam including party's spokesman Ayaz Akbar. According to sources privy to the day-long Executive Council meeting of Hurriyat (G) held at party headquarters at Hyderpora, Geelani was asked by one executive member to clear his position about the recent remarks in which he has asked India to show 'Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamhooriyat' to resolve Kashmir issue. 'What is this new term Kashmiriyat and how is it related to the solution of Kashmir issue,' one Hurriyat leader said in the meeting. Another senior Hurriyat leader said the meeting witnessed threadbare discussion about the dialogue process. However, he refused to elaborate further terming it a 'confidential development regarding dialogue process' that may take place in near future. According to sources, the leaders in the meeting reposed faith on the leadership of Geelani and prayed for his speedy recovery. The meeting also took serious notice of a three-day conference about Kashmir held in Dubai and questioned the presence of some Hurriyat leaders in the conference. 'It came up in the discussion that some leaders from Hurriyat (M) were part of the Dubai conference. It was also discussed in the meeting if these Hurriyat (M) leaders from Pakistani side had been given permission from their top leadership to participate in the meeting,' sources added. About the burning issue of Article 35 A, the executive members of Hurriyat termed it an off shoot of Kashmir dispute. Quoting Geelani, sources said, he made it clear that protests against Article 35 A shouldn't deviate the leadership from the actual goal of right-to-self-determination. 'We will continue to safeguard Article 35 A and Article 370 and all those attempts aimed at changing the demography of J&K. All the parties in J&K over and above political lines should unite on this subject to safeguard our interests till we achieve our goal,' Geelani said in the meeting. He asked the members to remain steadfast 'and prepare for more aggressive approach from Government of India'. About NIA raids and subsequent arrest of some top Hurriyat leaders, sources said Geelani told the Hurriyat (G) executive members that India wants to create a vacuum in the pro-freedom leadership. 'But this vacuum gets fulfilled naturally. Better people and well versed people are there,' Geelani was quoted as saying.