Geelani rules out Hurriyat unification

SEMINAR ON MARTYRDOM OF IMAM HUSSAIN (RA)

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Nov 18: The Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday ruled out unity with the Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq saying, “People need to go into what led to the division after amalgam remained a single entity for 10 years.”
 Talking to Greater Kashmir on the sidelines of a seminar organised on the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) at his Hyderpora residence here, Geelani said: “You have to see why we parted ways.” Geelani without naming Hurriyat (M) said, “The present position of that faction is known to everyone. That house is not in order. Everyone is aware of what is happening there.”
 Earlier, addressing the seminar Geelani said Kashmir doesn’t have resources to launch an armed movement. “No country is ready to support the armed rebellion in Kashmir. The only way out now is to launch a peaceful resistance movement to achieve the goal. I am sure if we strive peacefully we will take the ongoing movement to its logical end,” he said.
 He said the Hurriyat led by him has a clear three-point agenda — “Islam as a complete way of life, freedom from India and unity, not on the basis of socialism, democracy or some other thing but on principles.” 
 He said unity he is advocating would unite the “entire nation.”
 He accused the coalition government led by National Conference of promoting immorality abd liquor trade in Kashmir. “Irony is that the Finance Minister (Abdul Rahim Rather) has stated that liquor is a Rs 20 crore revenue generating avenue in Kashmir. This is the statement of a minister of a government that claims of upholding the religious identity of Kashmir,” Geelani said. “The NC and Congress have instead crushed the identity of Kashmir and its people by promoting liquor and other obscene things in the name of development.”
 On the issue of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), he said it was the NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah who constituted SASB in 2002. “There was no need for a board. The yatra has been going on for past 150 years. It was being managed by the local Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) but suddenly a board came into existence,” the Hurriyat (G) chairman said. “We want the dissolution of the SASB. We are in touch with the cross section of society on this issue.”
 Geelani also accused the NC founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah of selling 896 kanals of land at Bijbehara (in south Kashmir) to Army. “We have come to know that the land has not been leased but sold out to Army by Sheikh in 1980,” he alleged.
 He also criticized the people who take part in elections. “We need to see whom people bring in power. People who vote bring such persons into power who promote liquor trade in Kashmir. I believe those who vote in favour of these persons are no less than Pheraons (Pharaoh),” he said. “Even if the people who cast their votes, offer prayers five times a day, would continue to be equally responsible for promoting liquor,” Geelani added.
 The Hurriyat (G) chief termed United Nations as a “defunct” body that only promotes violence. “UN is an unsuccessful institution. It has been watching silently American invasion in Afghanistan and Iraq first. It continues to be a mute spectator over the genocide of Muslims in Gaza by Israel,” he said.
 Geelani urged people to pray for the Hurriyat (G) General Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, who is not keeping well. He asked people to follow the teachings of Imam Husain (RA), who preferred to spill his blood instead of surrender in the Karbala. Many Hurriyat (G) leaders also spoke on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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