A day after Joint Resistance Leadership targeted National Conference (NC) and its founder Sheikh Abdullah, the main opposition party on Thursday said Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani was trying to “divert public opinion from the Article 35-A issue by issuing vituperative and misleading statements against National Conference”, as part of an “arrangement with the PDP-BJP government”.
In a statement, NC said Geelani should introspect and stop “selling the blood of thousands of Kashmiri youth to curry favours from the current political dispensation as interim relief in the current investigation into questionable and unaccounted financial dealings by his kith and kin – some of whom have been given custom-made, plump postings by the PDP-BJP Government as a price for his silence and biased anti-NC posturing.”
In a joint official statement issued from NC Head Office ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar, NC leaders General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani and Political Secretary Tanvir Sadiq said Geelani’s role in history has been that of sabotaging and undermining the heroic and indigenous struggle of the people of Kashmir for their political rights.
“Geelani continues to exploit the sanctity of the political sentiment to further a personal, prejudiced political agenda based on lies and historical distortions to occlude his own chequered and contradictory history as an Ex-MLA and a candidate for multiple elections ironically even during the years when Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was languishing in prison to fight for the political rights and dignity of the people”, the NC Leaders said.
“Rather than personally issuing misleading and obnoxious statements against Sher-e-Kashmir, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah arbitrarily attributed to a group of Hurriyat leaders, Geelani should introspect and realize that his repeated attempts to bail out the PDP-BJP Government was a great disservice to the people of the State who stand united against concerted attempts being made to rob the State of its political rights and special status at this crucial juncture.”