Jamaat's No To Geelani's Re-entry In Shoura
3 August 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has declined to revoke the suspension of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani from its Majlis Shoura, the top decision-making body of the party. The issue dominated the crucial three-day meet of the 97-member electoral college of Jamaat, which concluded on Tuesday evening, with a section of the members seeking re-entry of Geelani and his three supporters into the Shoura. Jamaat had suspended Geelani and his confidantes Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai, Mohammad Abdullah Shiekh and Shah Wali Mohammad from the Shoura last April for floating a new party, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TH). Geelani floated it after working out an agreement with JI to ensure his place in both parties. 'The agreement had a provision that any Jamaat member could seek membership of the Tehreek without affecting his place in the parent party,' sources said. Jamaat, however, accusing Geelani of violating the agreement, suspended him. Geelani and his close lieutenant Sehrai, when contacted, refused to comment.