Geelani rejects Salahuddin's unity formula
29 November 2006
The Pakistan Tribune
Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference, on Wednesday turned down the United Jihad Council chairman Syed Salahuddin's two-point formula for unification of the pro-freedom political outfits. 'Unity can only be forged with those people who support our demand for right to self-determination,' Geelani told Greater Kashmir, a day after Salahuddin suggested that the rival factions of the Hurriyat should get united on two points: they won't accept any solution within the Indian constitution, and there should be no justification for the presence of Indian troops in J&K. Geelani said, 'We will never change our stand and we cannot forge unity with whom we have serious difference of opinion and who've deviated from the basic issue.' However, Moulana Abbas Ansari, a former chairman of other faction of the Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said, 'We have always been for unity. I stepped down for the sake of unity, but there was no reciprocation from the other side.'