Resistance leadership likely to call for two-day shutdown in next protest calendar

Resistance leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement on Wednesday said they were working on a plan for transition from weekly protest calendars to a yearlong plan of programs and initiatives.
Resistance leadership likely to call for two-day shutdown in next protest calendar
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Resistance leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement on Wednesday said they were working on a plan for transition from weekly protest calendars to a yearlong plan of programs and initiatives.

In their weekly protest calendar, which is being issued today, the leadership is likely to call for five days of relaxation and two days of shutdown.

In a statement, they said that the peoples' uprising of the last six months has taken the freedom struggle forward.

"It has opened out the possibilities and the scope of our struggle and we have moved closer to our goal," they said.

"The leadership said that now it is time to consolidate our gains and build upon them in order to move ahead further," read the statement.

"In this regard the leadership feels that a long term sustainable strategy based on proactive initiatives, programs and sustainable modes of protest with maximum public participation in their creation and implementation and minimum costs for the people, is the way forward."

With these objectives in mind, the statement said, the leadership is working on a plan for transition from weekly protest calendars to a yearlong plan of programs and initiatives. 

"Despite curbs efforts are on to reach out to all sections of society including students, traders, transporters, teachers, lawyers, artists, writers ,artisans and others  to discuss the idea with them, seek their suggestions on it and  their assurance of participation and support to the yearlong plan" 

"Since most leadership has been caged and all kinds of hurdles put in place to thwart and sabotage our every move by force, the announcement of the transition plan may take a few weeks," said the leadership.

The leadership while commending people for their steadfastness and readiness to act, said that what "we always need to keep in mind is that our collective efforts and sacrifices as a nation are for a long term outcome and not for some short term gains." 

"So we have to prepare ourselves and be ready for a long struggle and make struggle and resistance a part of our life," added the leadership.

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