Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Donation of Geelani’s house starts war of words

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Posted: January 22, 2014 1:47 am

The house of separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani being donated to a Trust has started a war of words between the Hurriyat led by Geelani and parent organisation Jamat-e-Islami, which claimed it cannot be donated to anyone by Geelani.

Hurriyat termed Jamat-e-Islami statement’s as “far from the truth” and added: “It has no moral or legal legitimacy”.

Geelani was reported to have announced that his house and a three-storey building housing offices of his organisation Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and Hurriyat Conference at posh Hyderpora in Srinagar has been donated to a Trust to “carry forward the goals of freedom”.

But Jamat-e-Islami staked claim on the property. “The property belongs to Jamat-e-Islami… The meeting (of Jamat members) unanimously reaffirmed the decision previously taken by Jamat that the property will remain in possession of Syed Ali Geelani Sahib. Nevertheless, after Geelani Sahib, Jamat will be authorised to take any decision about it,” said Jamat spokesman Zahid Ali.

Hurriyat spokesman said the house was purchased in the name of Geelani from donations.

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