Srinagar: The Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference (G) has formed a panel of six members to appoint new office bearers and functionaries. A source revealed to Kashmir Reader that at a marathon meeting presided over by Geelani about a week ago, it was decided to elevate new members to various positions to run the affairs of the pro-freedom group.
“We had a meeting of over two-and-a-half hours with Geelani sahab, where at least 19 constituent members of the Hurriyat Conference were present,” the source said.
The Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference has 23 constituents including three from Jammu region.
“Many issues regarding the onslaught against the Hurriyat Conference and its members were discussed threadbare, and it was decided that a committee will finalise a list of senior members who will be assigned new roles in the pro-freedom group,” the source said.
The re-jig in the Geelani-led Hurriyat comes after a massive crackdown by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Geelani, his party, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH), the Hurriyat Conference and against other resistance leaders.
After filing a case of alleged money transfer from outside India to the Hurriyat Conference, the NIA arrested seven Hurriyat Conference leaders, of whom five belong to the Geelani group, one to the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference, and one resistance leader who works independently. Besides these, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also arrested Geelani-led Hurriyat’s secretary general Shabir Ahmad Shah in July and lodged him in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
“The committee will decide and forward names for the posts of assistant secretary general, Press cell, Legal cell, HR cell organisers, coordinators and other positions,” the source said.
He said that the Hurriyat Conference (G) executive council had nominated incumbent secretary general Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Bilal Siddiqui, Mauvli Bashir, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar as members of the committee.
“Since the resistance leadership called for the December 15 public rally in Anantnag, the government imposed curbs on us, raided our homes and many of us were arrested,” said a member of this committee. “We could not hold any further meet in this regard,” he said.
The situation was turbulent, and we are yet to stabilise ourselves,” he said. “We don’t have any political space; all curbs have been placed on us. We are not able to do anything at ease. Sometimes, you will even see, there are mistakes in our press statements.”