NC sold Kashmir for power: Geelani
Launching a scathing attack on the National Conference, separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani accused the party of selling the interest of Kashmiris for clinging to power in the state.india Updated: Nov 08, 2009 21:03 IST
Launching a scathing attack on the National Conference, separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday accused the party of selling the interest of Kashmiris for clinging to power in the state.
National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah sold the interest of Kashmiris for the sake of power, he told a seminar organised by the Muslim League in Srinagar.
This was the biggest act of "deceit" on the part of the NC leader, said the Chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference.
"The NC founder is responsible for the plight of Kashmiris. Our agonies and tragedies came to us in form of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. He took a wrong decision and we are bearing its brunt."
Reacting to NC chief Farooq Abdullah's remarks asking him to respond to the offer of talks by the Prime Minister, Geelani said, "people, who have ruined us, are asking me to enter into a dialogue with New Delhi."
"Dialogues on Kashmir in the past have always proved a failure due to the rigid policy of India and that is the reason, we have decided not to be a part of that meaningless exercise," the Hurriyat hawk said.
Apparently referring to the moderate Hurriyat, headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Geelani said those trying to enter into a dialogue should first assess the outcome of such talks held in the past.
"Assess the outcome of dialogues held in the past before taking a step forward," he said.