‘Delhi Offered Geelani Prime Ministership Of J&K’

‘Delhi Offered Geelani Prime Ministership Of J&K’

7 October 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani was offered prime ministership of Jammu and Kashmir by New Delhi during his detention in a Jammu jail in early 1990s. The startling revelation has been made in the second volume of the veteran separatist leader’s autobiography 'Wullar Kay Kinarai' scheduled to be released on Wednesday. “Geelani sahib was offered prime ministership by a group sent by New Delhi for negotiations. Geelani sahib was heading the political wing of Jamiat-e-islami at that time,” said Hurriyat (G) spokesperson, Ayaz Akbar. Giving details about the book, Akbar said, 'Various important events of Kashmir’s recent political history as well as different dimensions of freedom struggle have been discussed in the book.” 'There is a detailed mention about the important meetings that took place between Geelani Sahab and Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. People will also come to know about the atrocities which he faced during his imprisonment, the offer of Prime Ministership and other tactics used by Delhi in order to buy him.' The book is based on 686 pages with its foreword written by Prof Khurseed, who heads Institute of Policy Studies, Pakistan. ' Geelani Sahab has written about the personalities of Late Sufi Muhammad Akbar and Late Abdul Gani Lone. He has also written about the 4 April 1979 incident and the people involved.” The spokesperson said Geelani has also written about the history behind the formation and division of Muslim United Front and the causes of eruption of armed struggle in Kashmir. “He has touched on various issues and the story behind the emergence of Syed Salahuddin from Muhammad Yousuf Shah.” The octogenarian leader, according to the spokesman, has also written about the formation of Hurriyat Conference. 'He has written about the atrocities of government gunmen, the people who gave up arms and participated in dialogue with India.' Geelani has also written about the murderous attacks on him, Hazratbal and Charar-i-Sharief sieges.