People in the Valley reacted indifferently to Hurriyat Conference hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s efforts to stir up emotions over the exit of Pervez Musharraf from Pakistan’s presidency. When Geelani tried to sell the development as “good news” to the thousands at the march, the audience did not respond.
Geelani had been a bitter critic of Musharraf for his climbdown from Pakistan’s position of implementing UN resolutions on Kashmir. Despite being a hardcore pro-Pakistan leader, his opposition to Musharraf’s formula had thrown him out of favour with the Pakistani establishment.
Moderate leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said: “If this (Musharraf’s exit) helps Pakistan become stable, we are happy. A stable Pakistan is very important for us.”