Syed Ali Shah Geelani resigns from Hurriyat Conference, cites "current situation" of Hurriyat as reason
Geelani had been leading the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference while the moderate faction is helmed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Veteran separatist leader from Jammu & Kashmir and Hurriyat Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani announced his dissociation from All Party Hurriyat Conference on Monday. In a four-line letter and an audio message to the media, a spokesperson for the 90-year-old leader said, "Geelani has announced complete dissociation from Hurriyat Conference forum."
The audio message said that Geelani has written a detailed letter to all constituent parts about the reasons behind his decision to leave the conglomerate, of which he had been nominated as a lifetime chairman.
Geelani, who has been under house arrest for a long time, cited the "current situation of Hurriyat" as the reason behind his decision.
SAS Geelani resigns from APHC Chairman post in a audio message to the people of Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/FnLsIGbc6z— Hurriyat Conference (@HurriyatJK_) June 29, 2020
Geelani said the activities of Hurriyat Conference members currently in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were being investigated by the forum for various allegations, reported PTI.
"The activities of these representatives were limited now to seeking access to assemblies and ministries for joining the government there (PoK). Some members were expelled while others started holding their own meetings. These activities were endorsed by you (constituents) by holding a meeting here to endorse their decisions," Geelani said in his two-page letter.
He referred to inaction by the Hurriyat members post the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and the division of the erstwhile state into two Union territories.
"I sent messages to you through various means so that the next course of action could be decided but all my efforts (to get in touch) went in vain. Now that the sword of accountability is hanging over your heads for the financial and other irregularities, you thought of calling the advisory committee meeting," he alleged.
Geelani said he was forced by the constituent parties in 2003 to take over the reins of the Hurriyat Conference and later, made lifetime chairman.
"The lack of discipline and other shortcomings were ignored and you did not allow a robust accountability system to be established over the years but today, you have crossed all limits and indulged in rebellion against the leadership," he added.
Geelani, who is 90-years old, was earlier associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami but left it to float his own political organisation, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He also split from the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq faction of the Hurriyat over the approaches adopted to resolve the Kashmir problem.
Mr. Geelani is known for his hard-line ideology and advocated accession of J&K with Pakistan. He, however, did not clarify if he has resigned from the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat or not. The ailing leader also did not divulge his future course of action in his audio message.
(With PTI inputs)