Kashmiri Leader To Launch New Party
2 February 2004
Radio Australia News
Srinagar: Hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani says he is going to launch his own political party. The 73-year-old pro-Pakistan activist has spent 14 years in Indian prisons for his opposition to Indian rule in a large part of Muslim-majority Kashmir. He called on 'all those who want an end to Indian occupation' in Kashmir to join the new party, although he did not say when it would be launched. In September, Geelani became leader of a breakaway faction of the separatist alliance, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, after hardliners expressed no confidence in its moderate chairman, Maulana Abbas Ansari.