National Conference on Monday said that top resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani’s double standards stood exposed in his silence over Pakistan Prime Minister’s statement as compared to his selective and uninformed outrage over National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s remarks. Talking to reporters at NC Head Office, ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar, National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said Ex-MLA Ali Shah Geelani should introspect and stop leasing his voice out to a mainstream political party over a purely personal political agenda that was based on distortion and prejudice.
“Time bears testimony to the fact that National Conference is the only political institution that has consistently and bravely fought to safeguard the State’s political identity and honour in all circumstances. Even today it is National Conference alone which is standing between various intrigues against the State’s special status and the rights of the people. This role will be noted in history and no amount of selective press statements and distortion of truth will change it”, the NC General Secretary said while speaking to reporters at the NC Head Office.
Ridiculing the baseless and malicious allegations levelled against the party by PDP Leader Sartaj Madni, the NC General Secretary said it was PDP’s chronic trait to divert public attention from its failures and scandals by issuing baseless statements against National Conference. “This PDP propaganda that National Conference talks about restoration of Autonomy only while in the opposition is a baseless and false argument that has no legs to stand on. Let me remind Sartaj Madni and PDP that when the Autonomy Report was finalized and the Autonomy Resolution tabled in the Assembly, and passed with two-thirds majority – it was National Conference which was in power”, Ali Muhammad Sagar said.
“PDP was formed by various intelligence agencies as their proxy soon after the Autonomy Resolution was passed by the Assembly. It was these covert agencies who created the ‘Self Rule’ document and advocated it through PDP to divert attention from the Autonomy Resolution in an elaborate ruse. Let me remind PDP that in 1977 when Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah mounted pressure on New Delhi to restore the pre-1952 position as per the promises and assurances of the leadership of the country, it was Late PDP founder Mufti Muhammad Sayeed who withdrew support from his Government as the then Congress State President and vehemently opposed the restoration of the pre-1952 position. Who sabotaged the democratically elected Government in 1984 under a well thought out conspiracy to disempower the people of Kashmir? Who was instrumental in getting Jagmohan to J&K in 1990 to facilitate his mission of unearthing mayhem and genocides on the people? There is a limit to shamelessness but it seems like for PDP no such limit exists”, the NC General Secretary further said.
“On one hand PDP rose to power by opposed BJP and waving green flags and deceiving the people of Kashmir by exploiting their sentiments. And on the other hand today this party is in a shameful alliance with those divisive and communal powers who have always advocated the abolishment of J&K’s special status and believe in fragmenting this State and its people to reap political dividends of communal and regional polarization. PDP should introspect rather than issuing baseless and shameless statements to divert public attention from its sell-out”, Sagar added.
Expressing amusement at Geelani’s statement against the remarks of NC President Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Sagar asked Geelani to explain to the people why he couldn’t muster the courage to criticize and question similar remarks made by the Pakistan Prime Minister just two days before the NC President’s remarks? “What politics of hypocrisy is this? Geelani Sahab couldn’t say a single word about the Pak Prime Minister’s remarks that an independent Kashmir is not a possibility but expressed selective outrage when Dr. Farooq Abdullah expressed his views on this issue keeping in view ground-realities”, Sagar said.