February 2008 News

Jammat Differs With Geelani’s Poll Boycott Plan

14 February 2008
Kashmir Watch

Srinagar: Jamaat-e-Islami today said that it has some differences with Syed Ali Geelani over the issue of undertaking door-to-door anti-election campaign. In an interview to a local news agency KNS, Jamaat-e-Islami Amir (Chief) Sheikh Mohammed Hassan said that his organization is not in favour of undertaking door- to-door election boycott campaign as it believes that even if the state records hundred per cent voting, it would not impact the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir. “We support the election boycott call of Hurriyat (G) but differ on some basic points,” he said. Hassan said that Indian sub continent was divided on the basis of two nation theory and Kashmir issue is part of that formula. “Therefore Kashmiris should be allowed to join their own people,” he asserted. Stressing that Jamaat stands for unity based on principles, Sheikh Hassan said that separatist groups will have to join hands and even those supporting independence option should be roped into. “We appreciate Shabir Ahmed Shah’s unity efforts but he joined Hurriyat (M) in haste,” he said. Denying any disputes within Jamaat, the party chief said that the creation of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat has not impacted the organization. “Syed Ali Geelani is in Jamaat, however, he doesn’t hold any organizational position,” he added.

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