Jama’at chief meets Geelani in a bid to ‘improve ties’

Umar Shah
SRINAGAR: The newly elected chief of Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) Ghulam Mohammad Bhat on Friday called upon the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani at his Hyderpora residence.
Sources told Kashmir Reader the JeI chief came to Geelani’s residence at 11 am.  Bhat was accompanied by none as he held an hour-long closed door meeting with the octogenarian leader.
Sources revealed that such a meeting between the two leaders was “an attempt by the JeI to rebuild the relationship with the Hurriyat Conference which has witnessed some souring moments over a period of time”.
The former JeI chief Mohammad Abdullah Wani had shot a letter to the Geelani in the year 2014, claiming that JeI holds the property rights of his Hyderpora residence.
Wani at that time had stated that Geelani was the guardian of the property and not  the owner.
The issue later took a serious turn, when the Huriyat (G) rebutted the claims of JeI, terming their claims  as ‘erratic and unethical’.
However, Friday’s meeting, as per sources, was centered to ensure a cordial relationship between Geelani and JeI.
Confirming that the meet did take place, Huriyat (G) spokesman, however, said it was just an informal get-together. “Bhat sahib treats Geelani sahib as Murshid (Teacher) and after winning elections, he came to enquire about Geelani sahib’s health,” Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader, adding that the duo discussed various issuing pertaining to the Muslim world at present.
JeI spokesman Advocate Zahid Ali said both the leaders met on Friday but there was no formal discussion.