After the split in the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference led by cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the hardline faction led by Syed Ali Geelani is ridden in property dispute with the socio-religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami accusing him of donating the party’s property to the trust having his son and son-in-law as members.
Mirwaiz led the moderate faction split on January 7 with senior separatist leaders of the conglomerate, comprising Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan, Mohammad Azam Inqilabi and Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, forming a parallel alliance, naming it as the ‘Hurriyat Conference JK’.
The rebel group termed their group as the ‘real Hurriyat’ and alleged that some elements in the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat were ‘anti movement’.
The split took place after Mirwaiz’s letter to the conglomerate’s convener in Pakistan controlled Kashmir (PcK) asking him not to entertain the representatives of Shah, Khan and Inqilabi as part of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat.
Shah, Khan and Inqilabi had not been taking part in the meetings convened by Mirwaiz here. While this issue was still under debate, another controversy involving Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, surfaced.
On January 18, Geelani announced the transfer of his entire immovable property to the Milli Trust. The trust has eight members including Geelani’s elder son Naem Zaffar and his son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah.
Geelani’s son Naem is a doctor, who returned from Pakistan in November 2010 after living there for a decade while his son-in-law Altaf is a businessman.
The Jamaat-e-Islami staked claim on Geelani’s Hyderpora property and said it belonged to the party.