Geelani Gets Summon, Hurriyat Dubs It As Political Vendetta

Geelani Gets Summon, Hurriyat Dubs It As Political Vendetta

6 March 2012
The Indian Express
Bashaarat Masood

Srinagar: After the Delhi Police summoned the Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani for his visa recommendation letter to alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Ahtesham Malik, the separatist conglomerate has termed the summon as political vendetta and called for an independent investigation into the arrest of the two Kashmiri youth. “The police action has no legal or moral standing,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said. “The registration of case against Geelani sahib is more of a political issue than legal. The aim is to scare Geelani sahib. The government wants that Geelani sahib should give-up on his principled stand on Kashmir.” A two-member police team on Tuesday went to Geelani’s Malviya Nagar residence in Delhi and handed-over a summon to him. Police have asked Geelani to present himself at the Lodhi Colony police station and help the investigation. Hurriyat spokesman said police have registered an FIR against the Hurriyat leader. Police claimed that Geelani had given a recommendation letter to Ahtesham Malik, an LeT operative who was arrested in Delhi, to help him get a visa from the Pakistan Embassy in the Capital. During his visit to Pakistan, police said, Malik received arms training at the Lashkar camp in Muridke. The Hurriyat admitted that Geelani did give a recommendation letter to Malik to help him get a Pakistani visa, but it reasoned that the letter was given only when Malik produced his passport. “Geelani sahib wants to make easy the process of securing visa for any Kashmiri. As a peoples’ leader, it is his responsibility,” Hurriyat spokesman Akbar said. “The government has unlimited investigating agencies and they provide passport only after a proper investigation. Hurriyat, however, has no resources to carry out such investigations.” Hurriyat has expressed doubts over the allegations against the two arrested youth, saying the Delhi Police has lost its credibility. “They (Delhi Police) have till now arrested many Kashmiri youth and branded them as militants. But the courts later proved them as innocent,” Akbar said. “It has become necessary that this entire episode be investigated thoroughly by an independent agency.”