Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday suspended Nayeem Ahmad Khan-led National Front from basic membership of the amalgam.
The party has been suspended from the amalgam’s Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir chapter, a Hurriyat spokesperson said in a statement. .
“We summoned all constituent members including Nayeem Ahmad Khan to facilitate him to keep his viewpoint before executive body, however police authorities did not allow leaders to hold a meeting at his residence in Hyderpora,” it said.
“Though Khan in a press conference has raised questions over the veracity of video tape. In pursuance of special power vested in me as chairman and until the clarification of all related issues come to fore, the membership will remain suspended. It is my moral duty and as a supreme head of forum I am obliged to fulfill assigned duties,” said Geelani.
He said Indian media is a biased and not trustworthy. “They are working for Indian agencies and as mouthpiece for fanatical forces,” he added.
According to him, Indian media is relying on “lies and sensational stories” about money transactions and there is no truth in it.
“They (Indian media) are desperate to defame our righteous movement. It is a deliberate attempt to mislead International community and a part of their frivolous game is to involve Pakistan,” he said.
Geelani admitted that Pakistan is a prime party to the issue and supports Kashmiris on political and moral grounds. “It is not possible for India to implicate us as ours is an indigenous movement. 2016 uprising was not preplanned or instigated by Pakistan. It was a spontaneous reaction from people to the martyrdom of commander Burhan.
“And during the five months long uprising, people braved pellets and bullets. They were massacred and even scores of youth sacrificed their eyesight. Our people are not doing all this just for fun but it is a sacred sentiment and passion that people follow,” said Geelani.
“We need resources to combat military might of India and mostly we raise all funds from local sources to pursue our movement. People with generous heart help us through every possible means and mostly people in month of Ramadan, do offer their alms and charity,” said Geelani adding, “We are enough self-sufficient and as such our movement is indigenous.”