Srinagar: After a long time, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq drove to the home of Bilal Gani Lone on Thursday and held a closed-door meeting at his Sanat Nagar residence, before travelling on to Syed Ali Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora.
Sources in the resistance camp said that 44-year-old Mirwaiz reached Sanat Nagar at around 5pm, where the residences of the two sons of slain resistance leader Abdul Gani Lone are divided by a 12-foot boundary.
“Mirwaiz met Lone senior for about 40 minutes,” the sources said. “It was a one-to-one meeting.”
Bilal Lone heads his faction of the J&K Peoples Conference (PC) and is executive member of the Mirwaiz-led faction of the Hurriyat Conference. His younger brother, Sajad Lone is a minister in the PDP-BJP government.
Mirwaiz then drove to Hyderpora where the ailing Geelani lives detained in his two-storey house at Rehmat Abad.
“The two leaders offered Maghrib prayers together and then held a closed-door meeting for 45 minutes,” sources said. “No office bearer of either the Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat or Mirwaiz’s Hurriyat Conference was present during the meeting,” they added.
Sources said that the two top resistance leaders discussed the unabated braid-chopping incidents in the Valley, besides other issues. “The two leaders declared that an agitation will be launched if the braid-chopping does not stop,” sources revealed.
No further details could be gathered by the time this story was filed, as Mirwaiz did not respond to calls and messages from this newspaper.
Earlier in the day, sources said that Geelani drove to Star Hospital in Sanat Nagar where he is being treated for “acute” knee pain.
“Geelani sahab was given physiotherapy today,” said a doctor at the hospital. “In the coming week, he will be treated for heart ailments.”