Militant outfit pulls up Geelani for condoling Mufti’s death

  • Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2016 22:58 IST
Separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. (AFP Photo)

Militant outfit Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen on Friday criticised hard-line separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani for condoling the demise of Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

The outfit’s spokesperson Jameel Ahmed, in a statement to a local news agency in Srinagar, accused the veteran separatist hawk of “playing with the sentiments of martyrs’ families” when he offered condolences over the demise of “pro-India politician”.

“This act of Geelani is beyond comprehension. He disappointed the people of Kashmir. Sheikh Abdullah (former chief minister) and Mufti were both sailing in the same boat and both aided and helped India in suppressing Kashmiris. When we are jointly fighting against Indian rule, it becomes necessary for us to differentiate between good and evil,” Ahmad said.

Moderate as well as hard-line Hurriyat factions on Thursday had expressed condolences to the family of Mufti after his demise at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.

“If we start looking at the things through Geelani’s prism then we should also express sympathies with the bereaved families of policemen, special operations group (SOG) and Indian troops,” the militant spokesperson said.

The Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JUM) was a breakaway faction of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) after some of the militant commanders of former opposed the move to transform the Hizb into Jamaat-e-Islami’s armed wing in early 90’s. The outfit is quite reticent in its operations right now.

Ahmad wanted Geelani to “stop looking at things through the prism of socio-religious organization Jamaat-e-Islami”.

“It is this thinking of Jamat-e-Islami that people like Ghulam Nabi Fai in a bid to appease Mehbooba Mufti condoled the demise of Mufti Mohamamd Sayeed from USA”.

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