Geelani rules out unification of pro-freedom camp

Geelani rules out unification of pro-freedom camp

IQBAL KIRMANI

SRINAGAR: Putting all speculations about unification of pro-freedom camp to rest, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said there is no guarantee that a new conglomerate would sustain for long. He was speaking at a seminar “Policies of RSS and our responsibilities” at his Hyderpora residence Wednesday.
“I am not against any unification move but cannot guarantee that any new unified pro–freedom camp will work,” he said while referring to the unification appeal made by Shabir Shah in a seminar presided by Geelani here.
He said: “We had appealed for unification among the pro- freedom leadership in August 2014 but nothing happened. We had even proposed an ‘issue based unification’ but that too went unheard.”
He claimed that those who talk about unity do not actually mean it. “At least their conduct and deeds do not reflect it,” he said.
He said that there is a bitter experience of how a unified platform came to end after ten years. “When a decade long unified council can break apart, there can be no guarantee that a new conglomerate will sustain,” he said while referring to the division of All Party Hurriyat Conference, a unified body of all the pro- freedom parties.
“For unification we have to understand how, when and for what the old alliance broke,” he said.
Earlier Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman, Shabir Shah called for unity. “Time has come when we should unite in our struggle. All the likeminded people should be taken on board for the good of the nation,” said Shah.
Shabir said that while the earlier process of unification did not bring results but there should be a new beginning towards it.
Geelani in his speech attacked Mufti Sayeed claiming that he is an Indian by heart and people should understand his policies. “NC is emotionally connected to power but Mufti is an Indian by heart and conviction. All his actions are supposed to create acceptability for India in Kashmir. He is different in his approach than NC,” he claimed.
“All his projects about construction, education or development are but a clout to create a soft corner for Indian state so that people accept the military might
occupation over Kashmir,” he said in his speech.
Geelani in his speech claimed that they are fighting a ideological battle against Hindu mythology of Rashtriya Sweyamsewik Sangh (RSS). “RSS is imposing its ideology of division among humanity be Muslims or Christians through coercion, Ghar wapsi is but one example of it,” said Geelani.
He said that there is no difference between different political parties in the Indian political system and claimed that they all suffer from anti minority mindset. “When Indira Gandhi was killed by member of a Sikh community, people belonging to same religion where massacred. Those who show their hatred towards Muslims are considered as gods in India,” he said.
“The one who butchered Muslims in Gujarat has been made Prime Minister of India now. This shows how much blood thirsty this ideology is,” claimed Geelani saying that they are not against people of India but the imperialistic policies.
While reacting to slapping of PSA on chairman Muslim League Masrat Alam, Geelani said that raising slogans is no new thing in Kashmir. “Pakistan is a nation which has fought three wars for us and had to lose West Pakistan. They support us diplomatically, morally and politically. How can people forget it while India is the one who has made us suffer and is not giving us legal right of right to self determination accepted by the United Nations,” he said.
Geelani said that a malicious propaganda against Kashmir is being carried out by portraying a genocide of Pandit community which is a blatant lie. “Official figures have said that only 219 pandits died and 34202 families left the valley,” he said.
“We have time and again said that our pandit brethren can come and join us. They are part and parcel of our society like Christians, Sikhs and those pandits who still live as neighbours and have good relations here. We welcome them but not in separate colonies,” said Geelani .
The seminar was attended by Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Shabir Shah and various members of civil society.