Separatist leaders backed out from Kashmir resolution: Shah
7 December 2007
Srinagar: Former chief minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah today accused separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and late Abdul Gani Lone for backing out from the resolution seeking restoration of pre-1953 status for Jammu and Kashmir passed in the state assembly 30 years ago. 'National Conference led by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah enjoyed two- thirds majority in the state assembly in 1977 and he (Sheikh) was ready for a resolution seeking restoration of pre-1953 status for the state but it was Geelani and late Lone, members of the then assembly, who opposed it,' Shah, son-in-law of Sheikh, who heads Awami National Conference (ANC) said in a statement. Shah was reacting to Geelani's statement issued last week in which he accused NC of losing a golden opportunity for restoration of internal autonomy 30 years ago by opposing to bring the resolution. Reminding Geelani of what has actually transpired during one of the assembly sessions in 1977 he said, 'after the proceedings were over both Geelani and late Lone came to me and suggested that, Sheikh saheb is enjoying two-third majority in the house, why not get a resolution seeking pre-1953 status passed?' In response, Sheikh Abdullah had said that I am ready for it but in that case New Delhi would dissolve the assembly, are Geelani and Lone ready for that? Shah quoted Sheikh having told him. 'When I told this to Geelani and Lone, both of them developed cold feet and instead suggested, time is not yet ripe for the same,' he said.