Syed Ali Shah Geelani (File picture)
SRINAGAR: In a sudden transfer that left Kashmir’s separatist conglomerate in disarray, pro-Pakistan hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday give up his faction of the All Events Hurriyat Convention and named Rawalpindi-based Abdullah Geelani as his successor amid hypothesis that he was doing ISI’s bidding.
Formally, the 91-year-old Hurriyat patriarch cited disenchantment with the best way fellow constituents of the group responded to the nullification of Article 370 final August as the first cause for his determination to dissociate himself from them. He additionally alleged lack of accountability inside the Hurriyat and a insurrection brewing within the ranks.
“I, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman of the All Events Hurriyat Convention, have determined to fully give up the amalgam,” he mentioned in an audio message.
A spokesperson for the Hurriyat mentioned the outgoing chairman and three-time MLA had written to all eight constituents of the group, outlining the explanations for his quitting, together with a collection of allegations in opposition to colleagues primarily based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. “The actions of those representatives are actually restricted to searching for entry to assemblies and ministries there (POK). Some members have been expelled whereas others began holding their very own conferences. These actions have been endorsed by you (constituents) by holding a gathering right here to ratify their choices,” he wrote.
On the alleged “inaction” by Hurriyat members after J&Ok misplaced its particular standing and was break up into two Union Territories, Ali Shah Geelani mentioned, “I despatched messages to you thru varied means in order that the following plan of action may very well be determined, however all my efforts went in useless. Now that the sword of accountability is hanging over your heads for monetary and different irregularities, you considered calling the advisory committee assembly.”
Sources mentioned Abdullah Geelani being chosen to run the Hurriyat from Rawalpindi successfully means sidelining the separatist cabal within the Valley. Abdullah Geelani is the youthful brother of SAR Geelani, the previous DU professor who died of a coronary heart assault in 2019, 16 years after being acquitted within the 2001 Parliament assault case.
“Abdullah Geelani is understood to be near ISI. Ali Shah Geelani was pressured to relinquish his submit and hand over the reins to Abdullah Geelani as a result of ISI wasn’t in favour of both Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin or Hurriyat veteran Ghulam Mohammad Safi,” an insider mentioned.
The feud inside the secessionist set-up erupted final January when Ali Shah Geelani eliminated Safi, as soon as an in depth aide, as chief of the Hurriyat’s POK chapter. The bone of rivalry was apparently distribution of the spoils of the narcotics commerce that funds terrorism within the Valley, sources mentioned.
The latest try on the lifetime of Hizb chief Salahuddin in Rawalpindi was allegedly masterminded by Abdullah Geelani with the ISI’s help. Kashmir-born Salahuddin needed to go the Hurriyat, the sources mentioned.
So, what now for the Hurriyat after the exit of Ali Shah Geelani? The thrill is that the conglomerate would possibly perform in another way now that each one orders would come instantly from Pakistan. Baramulla-born Abdullah Geelani, 55, crossed over to POK in 2000 and has been primarily based there since. Two of his three wives are Pakistani.