Hawkish Hurriyat Chief Syed Ali Geelani’s transfer to stop the separatist physique after 27 years’ affiliation got here after he was sidelined by Pakistan and its military intelligence, the ISI, sources within the residence ministry instructed NDTV. The 90-year-old had resigned from Kashmir Valley’s greatest separatist amalgam yesterday, accusing it of conspiring towards him and failing to fireplace up the separatist motion after Centre scrapped the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir final August.
An intelligence report from Kashmir Valley now says Geelani blames Pakistan for “degradation” of separatist motion in Kashmir, whereas Pakistan, which for years had relied on him, made it clear that he has outlived his utility, an officer mentioned.
Pakistan has modified its ways after Article 370 was revoked final yr, mentioned a senior officer dealing with the Pakistan desk within the ministry mentioned, “The main target of the ISI now just isn’t azaadi for Kashmiris however extra pan-Islamic. And for this, they need a frontrunner who doesn’t query them and simply comply with their diktats,” the officer mentioned.
“We knew this might occur as Geelani was constantly being sidelined by ISI and Pakistan,” added a senior bureaucrat within the House Ministry.
The separatists’ response to the scrapping of particular standing had additionally baffled Pakistan, officers mentioned.
“Pakistan anticipated Kashmiris will revolt towards Indian state after Centre abolished Article 370 however nothing occurred. Geelani anticipated Pakistan will increase this challenge internationally however nothing occurred and each grew to become disillusioned with one another,” mentioned Avinash Mohananey who dealt with Kashmir desk in IB for over a decade and in addition served in Pakistan. “Now each are blaming one another,” he added.
“Geelani’s letter was an eye-opener. He has admitted his path was fallacious, Kashmir used for private positive factors,” state police chief Dilbagh Singh instructed NDTV.
The intelligence report says Mr Geelani was additionally upset with different separatist leaders for mishandling funds associated to medical seats. He was not too eager with GM Safi, Hurriyat convenor in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir as there have been allegations towards him of mishandling funds.
“Geelani then obtained Abdullah Geelani elected towards needs of many in Hurriyat. But it surely appears there was resistance in ISI towards Abdullah so a month in the past, the ISI obtained Mohammad Hussain Khateeb elected as convenor,” mentioned an officer, explaining the inner dynamics of Hurriyat and its relationship with Pakistan. “Geelani noticed it as an insult as he was not consulted, he added.
“Pakistan earlier used to blindly assist Geelani and that is why they didn’t let every other separatist leaders develop in valley,” mentioned the top of an intelligence company. Whereas Mr Geelani’s successor is not going to make the identical influence, secession will solely develop in valley in coming years, he mentioned, as the brand new puppets propped up by Pakistan would compete with one another in taking a tough stance.