Pak Wants Geelani To Head Separatists
13 July 2004
The Times of India
New Delhi: An intelligence report with the home ministry on the recent terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir and the goings-on in the separatist Hurriyat Conference indicates that Pakistan is bent upon converting the 'struggle' in Kashmir into a 'pro-Pak' movement or one seeking 'merger' with it. The report also says that Pakistan wants the separatist leaders to unite and accept the leadership of the pro-Pak Syed Ali Shah Geelani. According to the report, the resignation of Hurriyat chairman Moulana Mahmood Abbas Ansari on July 7 and his handing over charge to Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, which was preceded by systematic terrorist violence, were messages from across the border to the separatists to toe the pro-Pak agenda.