Jammu: Taking strong exception to the statement of Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani that mainstream politicians were the reason for current unrest, death and destruction, senior National Conference leader Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal said the veteran leader would be well advised to recollect his role in J&K politics especially since 1972.
Kamal was referring to the the role played by Jama't-e-Islami in Assembly elections when it was made to win six seats unopposed to 5th Legislative Assembly from Anantnag District; four seats ( three from Anantnag District & one from Sopore) in the 8th Legislative Assembly again Geelani sahab's victory from Sopore in the 6th Legislative Assembly.
It is also an universally accepted fact of history that National Conference under the leadership of late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah freed the people of J&K from the shackles of serfdom of one hundred years long oppressive feudal rule in 1947 under the infamous “ treaty of Amritsar” between Maharaja Gulab Singh and the East India company of British signed in 1846, Kamal said.
"Had the great Sheikh the founder of National Conference not taken upon himself the shaping of J&K as a welfare state in 1947 -48 people would still have been what they were before 1947 impoverished slaves waiting for India and Pakistan under UN auspices to act even seven decades down the lines", he said.
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