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Sunday, July 10, 2011
General Officer Commanding among buyers of Syed Ali Geelani's autobiography!
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SHUJAAT BUKHARI / The Hindu / SRINAGAR, July 10, 2011.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar based 15 Corps Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain was among the first buyers of the autobiography of hard-line Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani here on Thursday.
Wular Kinarey (on the banks of Wular) sold like hot cakes on the first day itself. Besides admirers of Mr. Geelani, political leaders, top security officials and academics have placed their orders. The autobiography touches Mr. Geelani's life up to 1970s.
“Hasnain sahib asked for three copies of Geelani's autobiography. We handed the copies over to the personnel sent by him at the venue of the book release,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.
Mr. Geelani plans to release the second part of the book, which will deal with his life up to 2011, soon. “The next edition will answer the most frequently asked questions about Geelani's unchanging stand with the changing global times on the Kashmir dispute,” said Akbar.
So far, Mr. Geelani is known as a hard-liner, who opposes every move to initiate dialogue between Srinagar and New Delhi or even New Delhi and Islamabad.
The book is also being read in the political circles opposed to Geelani's ideology. “It will give an insider's view about the man, with whom you may disagree ideologically, but has been able to attract people's attention,” said spokesman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Naeem Akhtar.
The book reveals unheard details of the Hurriyat leader's life such as Mr. Geelani doing menial jobs at the house of famous Urdu writer Muhammad Din Fauq's daughter in Lahore.
Well, we all know the Old-Man Gilani has more fans on the other side of the border than in Jammu & Kashmir!