Lone's Supporters Attempt To Disrupt Geelani's Rally
20 September 2003
News Network International
Kupwara: Supporters of People's Conference stormed a public rally held here at NAC park by the activists of Hurriyat Conference (G) while Syed Ali Shah Geelani spoke to the rally. Soon after Geelani began to address the gathering a group of visibly angry youth marched towards the gathering and shouted slogans in favour of Sofi Mohi-ud-din, Forest Minister and PC Chairman Sajad Lone. 'Unmask Gani Lone's killers', Long live Sajad Lone', Long live Sofi Mohi-ud-din'. The participants of the rally roughed up the agitators and tried to drag them away from the scene. Later Hurriyat (G) Secretary, Masarat Alam chanted slogans in favour of Islam and freedom and helped Geelani resume his speech, Greater Kashmir reported. Accusing India of being hell-bent on killing all Kashmiris, Geelani said, killings of innocent people and acts of state terrorism cannot undermine the resolute people of Kashmir. Speaking on Gujarat pogrom and many other incidents of rape, arson and plunder in Kashmir, Geelani said those flaunting a flawed philosophy of healing touch were actually responsible for the killing of Kashmiris. Reacting to the agitators who tried sabotage his show, Geelani alleged that those shouting slogans and praising Gani Lone were Indian agents and associated with the counter-insurgent force, Ikhwan. Commenting on the changes in APHC, Geelani reiterated that APHC had fallen into 'wrong hands' which necessitated its total cleansing. On the options for Kashmir resolution, Geelani maintained those asserting that the UN resolutions have become outdated are turning a blind eye to the fact that the so-called accession of Kashmir is older than the UN resolution. However, he supported the tripartite talks saying if the Indian leadership shuns its traditional intransigent stand, result oriented talks could be held between the parties to the Kashmir dispute comprising Pakistan, India and Kashmiris. According to the sources Geelani's rally was duly permitted by the authorities and adequate security measures were put in place.