JI to quit APHC’s Ansari faction
SRINAGAR: Held Kashmir-based Jamaat Islami on Thursday said it would pull out of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Ansari), whose moderate leadership has seen a string of defections.
JI is the first of the seven executive party members in APHC to explicitly quit the alliance. JI spokesman Zahid Ali said the party left because it questioned the fairness of the July vote in which Molvi Abbas Ansari, considered a moderate, was elected the Hurriyat chairman. Ali said Jamaat Islami would not join the hardline faction, which is led by pro-Pakistani firebrand Syed Ali Geelani. —AFP