Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Rajnath tells Oppn that the has no plan to curbs on Hurriyat leaders.

The Opposition had gone all prepared for the all-party meeting on Kashmir to corner the government on reports of curbs on Hurriyat leaders. However, when Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue saying the scope of discussion was limited because government had already planned to take such steps, home minister Rajnath Singh outrightly rejected the reports. Home ministry sources were quoted on Tuesday as saying that government may harden its stand towards separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir on their foreign travel and scale down their security. 

While the Union home minister, a day later, denied any such move, sources in Srinagar said that only eight Hurriyat leaders live with security cover after a “threat assessment by government itself”. However, Syed Ali Geelani who is under house detention since 2010 and has been only allowed to move to New Delhi in winters, has no security at all. “J&K Police have been deployed outside his Hyderpora residence and have not allowed him to move out of his house for the last six years,” said a Geelani aide.

The assertion that Rs 560 crore was spent on separatist leaders in the past five years seem to be “cooked up” as only eight separatist leaders have security cover, with just two of them having passports, the source said. A top state police officer, on condition of anonymity, said they provide security to Huriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Syed Hassan, and three second-rung Fazal Haq Qureshi, Shahid-ul-Islam and Salim Geelani. 

Among them Mirwaiz, Ansari, Bhat, Lone and Hassan have Z security while Qureshi, Shahid and Salim have Y security, he said. The passport of Geelani was impounded several times. He was given travel papers to perform Haj pilgrimage in 2006. In 2015, he wished to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia. The government issued a passport of six months validity. But by then his daughter had arrived from Jeddah to a Delhi hospital. Being a former member of the Legislative Assembly (Jama’at-e-Islami MLA), Geelani is entitled to pension from J&K Assembly. 

“Geelani has stopped receiving the pension since early 2000,” his office said. Geelani’s deputy and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Secretary General Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has never applied for passport. “He was sad when Geelani applied for passport to meet his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia in 2015,” a party activist said. The Hurriyat Conference leaders asserted, “whenever we go to Delhi or any other state , we pay from our own pockets. There is not a single incident where fare or hotel charges were sponsored by any one.” 

“Only Aga Syed Hassan from Hurriyat Conference (G) has been given security cover after threat assessment done by the state,” the leader maintained. A police cover was provided to Mirwaiz (Umar Farooq) after killing of his father Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq in 1990. “The J&K police escort Gypsies carry cops whenever Mirwaiz Sahab, Abbas sahab, Bilal sahab move out of their homes,” a Hurriyat Conference (M) senior leader said. “Mirwaiz Umar ‘s uncle (Maulvi Mushtaq) was also killed and later a grenade was hurled at his Nigeen residence.” 

 Mirwaiz too has not undertaken any foreign travel in the recent past as he does not have a valid passport. Similarly, grenade was found under the vehicle of Prof Abdul Gani Bhat in Sopore. “When talks were initiated by (AB) Vajpayee (former PM),” the Hurriyat Conference (M) leader said, “the state gave us security as attacks followed... When talks with GoI happened, we flew and paid fare from our money from our own pockets.” 

 The activist privy to developments said Maulana Abbas Ansari too was given security while after Abdul Gani Lone was killed in 2006, Hurriyat Conference (M) his son and executive member of the amalgam, Bilal Gani, was given Z-security cover, Later, another Hurriyat Conference (M) leader, Fazal Haq Qureshi was attacked. He islying paralysed at his Soura home. The spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference (M) Shahid ul Islam was attacked twice. 

“He has standing guard at home besides a few PSOs.”Shahid’s ancestral house at Dalgate was attacked followed by a grenade attack. The passport of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik was impounded in 2013. 

“No one among us (JKLF leaders) has any passport or any sort of security,” a JKLF leader said. Malik is married to Pakistani artist Mushaal and cannot travel abroad as he does not have a passport but his wife has been granted Indian visa. Senior Hurriyat leader and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) president Shabir Ahmad Shah also does not have any security cover or passport. Another senior leader Nayeem Khan has neither a security cover nor the travel documents.

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