Kashmir : Geelani should introspect, stop selling blood of youth, says NC

SRINAGAR, Aug 18 : National Conference today said  that Ex-MLA, Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani should introspect and stop selling the blood of thousands of Kashmiri youth to carry favours from the current political dispensation as interim relief in the current investigation into questionable and unaccounted financial dealings by his kith and kin – some of whom have been given custom-made, plump postings by the PDP-BJP Government as a price for his silence and biased anti-NC posturing.

In a joint statement issued here today, NC leaders Ali Mohd Sagar, Nasir Aslam Wani, Junaid Azim Mattu and  Tanvir Sadiq said that Ex-MLA, Sayed Ali Shah Geelani’s role in history has been that of sabotaging and undermining the heroic and indigenous struggle of the people of Kashmir for their political rights.

” Geelani continues to exploit the sanctity of the political sentiment to further a personal, prejudiced political agenda based on lies and historical distortions to occlude his own chequered and contradictory history as an Ex-MLA and a candidate for multiple elections ironically even during the years when Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was languishing in prison to fight for the political rights and dignity of the people”, the NC leaders said.

“Rather than personally issuing misleading and obnoxious statements against Sheikh  Abdullah arbitrarily attributed to a group of Hurriyat leaders, Sayed Ali Shah Geelani should introspect and realize that his repeated attempts to bail out the PDP-BJP Govt was a great disservice to the people of the State who stand united against concerted attempts being made to rob the State of its political rights and special status at this crucial juncture.

It was Geelani who provided cover to the PDP-BJP Government to extend the GST regime to the State when he issued a statement ‘cautioning’ the stakeholders from opposing this move in a veiled manner,” they added.

NC leaders asked Geelani to clarify why he continued to contest elections post-1953 and especially during the years when NC chose to shun electoral politics to fight the illegitimate deposition of a popular, elected Prime Minister and Government.

“If Geelani thinks 1975 accord was treachery, then he is the biggest traitor for validating the erosion of the State’s Autonomy from 1953 to 1975 by being an MLA and contesting candidate during that time when the entire State stood united against these pliant regimes in J&K.

” Now, if  the current revelations of financial dealings involving his family are true, it will prove that Geelani’s investment in the conflict is self-serving at a blood-soaked, devastating cost to the common people”, the NC leaders maintained.