Geelani's Proposed New Outfit Unlikely To Affect APHC: Ansari
21 August 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: Hurriet Conference chairman Molvi Mohommad Abbaas Ansari today said senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's move to float a parallel platform would not have any fallout on the 23-party separatist alliance. In an interview to local news agency KPS, Ansari said the decision by Jamat to retire Syed Ali Shah Geelani was the internal affairs of that party and they have nothing to do with it. He, however, said that if Geelani floats his own outfit it will not have any sort of an impact on the separatist conglomerate. Ansari said that they want to act as bridge between India and Pakistan so that the Kashmir issue is solved and peace is restored in the subcontinent. He warned that any sort of confrontation between the two countries can lead to a nuclear war which can be devastating for both the neighbours. Hurriet Conference chairman said that the Kashmir people being the prime party to the dispute should be involved into he Indo-Pak talks. He said only the involvement of Kashmiris can lend some credibility to the peace process. Ansari noted that they have put forth a proposal wherein thy have sought permission to visit Pakistan so that they can interact with the separatist leadership. 'We want to evolve a consensus on the Kashmir issue. We have time and again said that we want to go to Pakistan and PoK and talk to the separatist leadership including militants. this will help in evolving the consensus on the issue and that can finally lead to the solution of the issue', he said. Asked whether he has approached New Delhi for releasing his passport, Hurriet chairman said he is not an India n agent but a Kashmiri. 'I am Kashmir and represent the Kashmiris and I am not the agent of New Delhi', he said. On the recent visit of German ambassador to Kashmir, Ansari played down the tour and said that the envoys have been coming here for a quite a long time. 'They put across their view point and we put fort our stand. these things do continue', he said.