Mirwaiz flays Geelani, says he is making baseless allegation

Last Updated 19 April 2014, 14:51 IST

 Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq today blasted his hardline counterpart for accusing him of having a secret meeting with emissaries of Narendra Modi, saying Syed Ali Shah Geelani was making irresponsible statements aimed at creating confusion among people.

"The Hurriyat has taken a very serious note of this baseless and fabricated allegation. We believe the statement of Geelani is a deliberate attempt to mislead freedom-loving people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The Hurriyat rejects the allegation. Neither we had a meeting with any BJP leader or his representatives nor with the emissaries of Modi," Mirwaiz told reporters here.

He said praising former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's initiatives on Kashmir did not mean endorsing the BJP or any individual.

"How will the Hurriyat Conference be helping Modi. We are not in the electoral fray. Yes, I have said the NDA under Vajpayee took some initiatives on Kashmir but those were not followed up by the UPA. But that does not mean that anybody is endorsing the BJP or the NDA or any particular person. This is completely wrong," Mirwaiz said.

Accusing Geelani of pursuing holier than thou approach to prove others wrong, he said the hardliner had time and again tried to create misgivings among the people.

"Every now and then he is coming out with statements which only create misgivings among the people. In the past following his statements many Hurriyat leaders were targeted.

"Whom does he want to see getting killed now? Against whom he wants to create misconception among the people?" asked Mirwaiz.

"He should go for self-introspection before leveling allegations against others. This person has fought a dozen elections and took oath (under the Indian Constitution) and is criticising others now," the Hurriyat chairman said

(Published 19 April 2014, 14:09 IST)

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