Hurriyat flays Farooq's remarks on Geelani
25 March 2001
The Asian Age
Srinagar: Hurriyat conference has termed as "utter buffoonery", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah's remarks on recent hospitalisation of former hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and alleged police had compelled doctors to discharge the ailing leader. "To say that the senior hurriyat leader shammed cardiac pain and got himself admitted to hospital is utter buffoonery," a spokesman of hurriyat conference said in a statement here on Saturday. The chief minister recently said "given his(Geelani's) gimmicks, nobody will believe him when he really falls sick." Geelani was admitted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura on March 17 after he was allegedly manhandled by police outside his residence and was discharged on March 20. The hurriyat spokesman said Geelani was a chronic heart patient and had a peacemaker implanted in his chest for the past two years. He alleged police had "forced doctors to discharge him though he was not fully recovered." The spokesman dismissed government's statement that Geelani's personal assistant Mohammad Yousuf Mujahid was once a militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. Mujahid had not been associated with any militant group since his release from jail in 1997 and was a full-time member of the hurriyat conference, he said.