Separatist, mainstream leaders to share stage
Srinagar, July 29: Separatist leaders from both factions of Hurriyat Conference will share stage with mainstream leaders here on Saturday in presence of parliamentarians and civil society activists.
At the public meet “Kashmir: The road to peace” organized by Center for Policy Analysis (CPA) as part of its initiative to raise awareness on Kashmir issue, prominent leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Sajjad Gani Lone, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami and Er Rashid will present their ideas on the resolution of Kashmir issue.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani has accepted the invitation on the condition that he will not share the dice with mainstream leaders, sources said.
“They have confirmed their participation and there will be no stage at the venue. It is for them (leaders) to stay or leave the function after finishing their speeches,” Seema Mustafa, Director of Center for Policy Analysis, told Greater Kashmir.
She said from New Delhi Muhammad Saleem CPI (M) politburo member, Shahid Siddiqui (Rashtriya Lok Dal), Arjun Roy (Janta Dal), Aziz Pasha (CPI-M) and civil society activists are participating in the meet to be held at SP Higher Secondary School here.
Invitations have also been sent to chief minister Omar Abdullah, Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for PHE Taj Mohiuddin and MLA Hakim Muhammad Yasin but their confirmation has not come yet.
Following the last year’s unrest in which about 120 youth were killed by police and CRPF, the CPA along with non-BJP and non-Congress parties formed Committee for Promotion of Dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir. The panel visited Valley twice and held a public meeting in New Delhi. It recommended various political measures for building confidence in the Valley. They include revocation of Disturbed Areas Act, phased withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Srinagar and other urban centers, review of all cases of detention under Public Safety Act, announcement of a policy of resorting to preventive detention in the rarest of rare cases, release of all persons arrested for stone pelting, release of all detainees not charged with heinous offences and demilitarization of civilian areas.
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