Geelani Working On Succession Plan: Omar

Geelani Working On Succession Plan: Omar

29 April 2011
Greater Kashmir


Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani is preparing ground for his elder son Naeem Geelani to succeed him. 'Geelani is preparing the ground for his son (Naeem) to succeed him,' Omar said in an interview with a Delhi-based newspaper. In response to a query whether Geelani was a game-changer in Kashmir, Omar quipped; 'Geelani’s ability to recognise issues (like the Dogra certificate) is overrated. Once he (Geelani) puts his plan of succession into place, there will be no shortage of game changers. But his ability to change the game depends on our messing up. It is only when we make mistakes that he is able to capitalise on them and change the game.' Pertinently, Naeem, who was in Pakistan for the past so many years, returned early this year. Asked to comment on Geelani’s supporters now calling him the “real king” in Kashmir, Omar said; 'In this whole Nizam-e-Mustafa (SAW) that he wants to create, how can he explain his Badshahat to the people? It is something for him to explain,' he added. Meanwhile, in another interview to a TV news channel, Omar said there wasn’t only need of cricket diplomacy, but hockey diplomacy, music diplomacy and above all people to people contact to forge close ties with Pakistan. He said the China factor in Kashmir deserves serious thought, though things were not alarming and China won’t invade India. “Nevertheless, China’s growing presence across Ladakh border as well as in PaK cannot be ignored,” he said. To a question on supporting the cause of Anna Hazara while some of his own ministers were under cloud due to their alleged involvement in corruption, Omar said, “Let it be proved that any colleague of mine is involved in any scam. I will not spare him. I’ll show him the door.” Replying a query regarding withdrawal of Army from Kashmir, Omar said; “I still feel that Army is not required at many places of the state including Srinagar. Hence, it should be removed from there. At the same time, I also know that Army presence is required at some places, there it should remain and do the job.” To a question regarding stone-pelting incidents that rocked the state in 2010, Omar said, he cannot be held responsible for the stone-pelting incidents and the violence that gripped the valley in 2010. “The entire issue of stone pelting did not start last year. But it began in 2008 before the assembly elections.”


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