He was a top commander of the Pro-Pakistan militant outfit Hezbollah, and after his arrest and release, joined the separatist Muslim League.
New Delhi has now twice made high-level dialogue with Islamabad conditional upon Pakistan not talking to the separatists. Who are the Hurriyat? What is their politics? Do they speak for the people of the Valley?
A heavy contingent of police is camped outside the 84-year-old separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hyderpora residence and nobody else is allowed inside the residence.
Detention of Hurriyat Leaders in Delhi part of an understanding between the Central Government and J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, claims National Conference.
Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani blamed the “stubbornness of India”, adding that the Indian leadership “has been corrupted by power”.
Hurriyat says that the decision to “boycott” the function has been taken in protests against dropping of K-word during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Russia.
The story of the project, and why it failed, doesn’t necessarily bear out his suggestion that New Delhi could have talked its way out of trouble in Kashmir.
Hardline Hurriyat Conference today said people will continue to wave Pakistan flags at its rallies in Kashmir, as it termed the neighbour country a “well wisher”.
Jitendra Singh also said that MEA is yet to take a final call over Geelani’s request for an Indian passport.
Geelani further said RSS are not going to succeed because their plans are against humanity, against nature,” he added.
The leaders have already approached the Geelani-led faction seeking their inclusion into the separatist fold.
Police filed a case against Geelani and Masarat for ‘provocative activities and hoisting of Pakistani flags’.
Omar was replying to a question about the PDP batting for talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat to resolve Kashmir issue.
Earlier, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit had said India was not against it inviting the Kashmiri separatist leaders.
In a recent interview, Bukhari said Omar had paid him Rs 15 lakh for arrest of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam and told him why he didn’t bump him off.