Kashmir: Geelani puts key separatist leaders into trouble
Moments after handing over his entire property to an autonomous trust, hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani has put all other key separatist leaders into trouble as they aren’t in a mood to follow the path. However Hurriyat (M) media advisor demands leaders must dislose their assets before 1989 and after.
Hurriyat friction lead by Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a statement today announced the decision of the leader which they called ‘unprecedented decision’.
According to the statement, Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday announced transfer of his entire immovable property to an autonomous and independent trust. The property including Geelani’s official Hyderpora residence, Tehreek-i-Hurriyat head office building and Millat Publications.
“It has remained a tragedy of Kashmir that its leaders have not been held accountable and nobody has raised fingers over their conduct,” Geelani said in a statement. “But I want my person and my party to stay transparent in our dealings with the society.”
However the move of Geelani had put into trouble several other key separatist leaders who have accumulated huge wealth since the outbreak of armed struggle in the valley. These key separatists leaders remained tightlipped, however welcomed the decision of Geelani.
APHC (M) media advisor and close of aid of Mirvaiz Umar Farooq, Advocate Shahid-ul-islam stands by the demand of civil society group that the so-called freedom leaders must disclose their property before the public.
“We welcome the decision of Syed Ali Shah Geelani and at the same time we demand others must follow the same path.” Adding leaders must be made accountable before the public and they must disclose their movable and immovable assets before the public.
JKLF Chief Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah who recently formed another friction of Hurriyat also welcomed the decision of Geelani,
“It’s good if Geelani Shab has handed over his property to any trust but I have nothing to hand over.” Yasin Malik said, when contacted.
Similarly, Shabir Ahmad Shah also welcomed Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s decision, however when asked that in future is he ready to follow the path, he declined by saying it was premature to say anything.
Others including Zaffer Akbar Bhat, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza turned the decision of Syed Ali Shah Geelani a welcome step.
Important to mention that making hurriyat leaders accountable is gaining support on each passing day and civil society members are openly demanding that leaders must disclose their property before the public. Very recently in a seminar organized by human rights group Voice of Victim, Human right activist who also heads collation of civil societies in Kashmir, Parvez Imroz put the same demand before hurriyat leadership.