Geelani re-elected chairman Hurriyat (G)

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Shiekh Nazir suggested to go through Aatesh-e-Chinar

SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani was elected chairman of the hardline Hurriyat Conference faction for three more years here today. 

In an executive council meeting of APHC which was held at Hyderpora and in which all its constituent members and representatives including Muslim Conference, Peoples League, Mass Movement, Muslim League, Employees Movement, Democratic Political Movement, People’s Freedom League representatives participated unanimously elected Syed Ali Geelani its chairman for next three years. 

Spokesman Ayaz Akbar in his statement said that executive members discussed the LOC tension, statements of NC Gen Secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, Police Chief Ashok Prasad, besides future strategy of Hurriyat Conference. He said several new proposals were also discussed at length.

Geelani in his presidential address expressed his serious concern over recent border clashes between India and Pakistan and said that shelling on both sides of borders has badly affected the people and taken heavy toll of life and property. He reiterated that unless the Kashmir issue is resolved as per the aspirations of people, the present situation on borders will not change.

Geelani apprehended that the skirmishes on borders may lead to full fledged war between two countries. He feared that the present situation created on LoC can be a part of ‘Indian game plan’ as Delhi intends to ‘mislead’ the international community about the present freedom movement in Jammu and Kashmir and to portray it as Pakistan sponsored insurgency.

Hurriyat chairman stressed on the implementation of UN resolutions passed on Kashmir and said that Kashmir was not a border related dispute between India and Pakistan but pertained to 13 million people. 

He said that there is no option left for India except to accept the People’s verdict.

Executive council termed the statement of Sheik Nazir Ahmad as ridiculous and irrelevant wherein he had stated that Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and National Conference were not a party to Instrument of Accession with India.

Hurriyat spokesman suggested Sheikh Nazir Ahmad to see page no 296 of Aatesh-e-Chinar (a biography of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah) and then clarify if it was Sheikh Abdullah who was a lair or was it Shiekh Nazir who was hiding the facts. 

Hurriyat Conference also discussed the statement of police Chief Ashok Prasad wherein he had claimed that there were no restrictions placed on the movement of Syed Ali Geelani and he can offer prayers at Hyderpora Mosque. 

Executive council members observed that Kashmir police is following the theory of Gobles and police was always trying to mislead the people on this issue.

Spokesman said that since March 7, this year Geelani has been detained and placed under house arrest and on each Friday additional force is deployed at his residence. It is 19th Friday in  row that Geelani has been prevented from offering his Friday prayers and this is being repeated since year 2010. 

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