Srinagar: Following the controversy over the alleged sting operation by a news channel, Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani Saturday suspended Nayeem Khan-led National Front from the separatist amalgam, even as he alleged that the video was “doctored”.
The suspension comes in the wake of the alleged sting operation on pro-freedom leaders Nayeem Khan and Farooq Dar alias Bitta Karate wherein they confessed to receiving money from Pakistan. “Using his special powers (according to Hurriyat constitution), Geelani today suspended the National Front from the basic membership of the Hurriyat Conference until the clarification of all the related issues comes to the fore,” a statement issued here said.
“Even though (Nayeem) Khan has raised questions over the veracity of the said clip (aired by the channel), his membership will remain suspended and the suspension will come into force with immediate effect in Srinagar and Azad Kashmir chapter of Hurriyat. It is my moral duty and as a supreme head of the forum, I am obliged to fulfil my assigned duties,” the spokesman quoted Geelani as having said.
Senior Hurriyat leader and chairman of Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani has suspended Nayeem Khan led National Front from the basic membership of the party.
“The suspension will come into force with immediate effect in Srinagar and Hurriyat chapter of Azad Kashmir,” said Geelani, in a statement on Saturday, May 20.
“We summoned all constituent members including Nayeem Ahmad Khan to facilitate him to keep his viewpoint before the executive body, however police authorities did not allow leaders to hold a meeting at his residence in Hyderpora.”
“Though Nayeem Ahmad Khan in a press conference has raised questions over the veracity of said clip & added that in pursuance of special power vested in me as chairman and until the clarification of all related issues come to fore, the membership will remain suspended,” the statement quoted Geelani as saying.
Geelani alleged that Indian media is biased and that it couldn’t be trusted.
“They are working for Indian agencies and as a mouthpiece for fanatical forces,” he claimed.