Geelani ups ante, releases protest calendar
‘New Delhi’s Package Unrealistic’
ARIF SHAFI WANI
Srinagar, Sept 25: Terming the 8-point political package by Home Minister P Chidambaram as unrealistic and time-gaining exercise, the Chairman of Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani Saturday reiterated that the ongoing movement will continue till implementation of the conglomerate’s five demands including accepting Kashmir as an international dispute and demilitarization of the Valley.
Geelani, who is spearheading the ongoing ‘Quit Jammu and Kashmir Movement,’ upped his ante by issuing a 10-day protest calendar with relaxation for three days. Pertinently, Geelani on Friday had stated that the next protest calendar will be formulated taking the date sheets of various examinations into consideration in “larger interest of students.”
“The so-called political package by New Delhi is a time-gaining exercise and unrealistic. It is an attempt to hoodwink the international community,” Geelani told Greater Kashmir.
Reiterating his five demands, Geelani said the ongoing movement will continue till their implementation. He said over 1500 people including political prisoners have been arrested in past over three months.
“If the leaders in New Delhi believe that by releasing few students and providing monetary relief to the families of martyrs, they can lessen the alienation against it, they are living in a fool’s paradise. The agitation will continue till all our demands including accepting Kashmir as an international dispute, demilitarization, revocation of AFSPA and special powers, release of all political prisoners and guarantee from Prime Minister that killings will stop in the Valley,” he said.
Geelani said Kashmiris were not sacrificing their lives for economic packages and jobs. “We will never do sell-out of martyrs’ blood. We are committed to take the movement to its logical conclusion,” Geelani maintained.
Geelani accused the Government of trying to sabotage the ongoing movement. “For this purpose the Government had engaged many agencies who are spreading rumours to malign our movement. I urge people to remain aware of the vested interests,” he said.
Geelani said the ongoing movement has found takers at the international level with the United Nations, Organization of Islamic Conference expressing concern over the situation in Kashmir.
The Chairman of JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, said he would react to the package after the meeting of the party’s Working Committee and General Council.
Despite repeated attempts, Mirwaiz could not be contacted for his comments. According to the Hurriyat’s protest calendar, there will be complete shutdown on Monday, September 27 as a mark of protest against continuous curfew. There will be complete shutdown on Tuesday, September 28, and people have been asked to stage protests on streets from Zuhr to Asar prayers. On Wednesday, September 29, there will be no shutdown. On Thursday, September 30, the conglomerate has called for complete shutdown and peaceful protests from Zuhr to Asar prayers.
There will be no shutdown on Friday, October 1. However people have been asked to stage peaceful protests after congregational prayers. On Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3, there will be complete shutdown. However on Sunday, people have been urged to march to Varmul for paying tributes to those killed in Pattan and Tangamarg.
On Monday, October 4, there will be no shutdown. On Tuesday, October 5, there will be complete shutdown and people have been asked to march to Kupwara. The conglomerate has called for shutdown on October 6, Wednesday, against the crackdowns and called for peaceful protests from Zuhr to Asar prayers.
The conglomerate maintained that there will be relaxation from 7.00 pm to 7.00 am on all shutdown days.
Monday, Sept 27:Shutdown
Tuesday, Sept 28:Shutdown
Wednesday, Sept 29:Normal
Thursday, Sept 30:Shutdown
Friday, Oct 1: Normal
Saturday, Oct 2:Shutdown
Sunday, Oct 3:Shutdown,Varmul Chalo
Monday, Oct 4:Normal
Tuesday, Oct 5:Shutdown,Kupwara Chalo
Wednesday, Oct 6: Shutdown
Lastupdate on : Sat, 25 Sep 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 25 Sep 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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Srinagar, Sept 25: The Government yet again imposed curfew on Saturday to counter Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s call for a normal day. The restrictions were however eased in the city for the later half of the More