Srinagar 28 Feb 2013:Member of Parliament and leader of National conference Ghulam Nabi Ratanpui today strongly countered the remarks of senior party leader Mustafa Kamal, after he accused him of comparing Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah with Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
“I am not surprised to learn that like the advisors to CM, you have chosen the medium of newspapers to communicate with me over the analogy between SAS Geelani and SM Abdullah. I respect your concern for your father as much as I respect Naseem Geelani’s concern for his father,” Ratanpuri wrote on his Facebook page, adding that “Many among us wanted Kashmiris to read not history, but Nawa-I-Subh. I chose to write for Nawa-I-Subh, but to be a student of history as well.”
Ratanpuri said that he retains the fact that S M Abdullah is the tallest leader of 20th century in Kashmir adding that he cannot see the future, but he cannot rule out the possibility of SAS Geelani turning out to be the tallest Kashmiri of 21st Century”.
He further wrote: “Civilized nations have fought battles, but erected memorials in the honor of their worthy adversaries and I consider Geelani Sahib as a worthy adversary of the National Conference. My humble origin and my simple upbringing have taught me to be kind and polite to my detractors and defamers too, while I believe that, to Geelani Sahib, I owe my respect for his steadfastness to his ideals”.
Ratanpuri said that he differs from what the means Geelani has chosen but shares many of his ideals “He believes that people, if necessary, should die in the struggle for their rights and, then there are many who take the Home Ministry as fountainhead of all power. My Endeavour is to tread the middle path. I believe that anywhere and everywhere one has to empower oneself to get one’s rights and oppressed people are found in all societies and in all the corners of the world. Our efforts should be focused on ensuring a better and meaningful life, not death, however, glorious it may appear”.
Marking the remarkable work of Shiekh Abdullah he said “Tell me whether these miracles would have been possible, had he relied on similar type of aides and advice as has been chosen by his grandson”.
Compeering Kamal and some other leaders with “Chhoi Mooies” and said “why they failed to take the notice of the Lead story of a local English daily on September 5, 2010. It quoted an aide of our miracle man as saying, “Omer had an unmatched access in the corridors of power in Delhi. The kind of access, no Chief Minister has enjoyed in the past. Therefore, they believe he was tailor made to prove a vehicle to settle the issue of Kashmir forever, they further claim that Congress President has promised every support towards this Endeavour to the extent of sacrificing her own party in the State.
The problem (Kashmir issue) was created by Sheikh Abdullah (Grandfather of Chief Minister), he is now destined as last Abdullah in power in Srinagar to conclude this problem forever.” adding that he was waiting for anybody from the family or party to answer.
Remembering a Press conference he said that “your images that day along with a Rana Devender Singh in the frame will haunt me forever. That night I dreamt a young Sher-I-Kashmir being dragged by a Dogra Soldier in front of Cameras and he was making a confession. Like Afzal Guru made with Inspector Rajbir, he too was making eye contact in the middle of every sentence with the Dogra Soldier, as if to ascertain that he was not straying from the script”
Earlier Mustafa Kamal had alleged that “Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri doesn’t know history. How dare he compare Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah with Geelani? Sheikh was a great leader while Geelani is an unscrupulous element who wants to set Kashmir on fire. Geelani has no principles and he loves death and destruction.”
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