Separatists jointly call for shutdown on Thursday

Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Monday held a meeting at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence here to “discuss joint strategy” against the proposed establishment of Sainik Colonies and Kashmiri Pandit townships in the Valley, and other issues.
Separatists jointly call for shutdown on Thursday
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Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Monday held a meeting at Geelani's Hyderpora residence here to "discuss joint strategy" against the proposed establishment of Sainik Colonies and Kashmiri Pandit townships in the Valley, and other issues.

During the meeting, it was decided that a shutdown would be observed in Kashmir on Thursday (May 26) followed by protests on Friday (May 27) against the J&K government's proposal to establish Sainik Colonies and Pandit Townships in the Valley, a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) said in a statement.

The meeting of Mirwaiz and Malik took place soon after Malik held a meeting with Hurriyat (M) executive council at their Rajbagh headquarters. Besides Mirwaiz, the meeting was attended by Bilal Gani Lone, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Musadiq Adil and Mukhtar Waza. 

A spokesman of Hurriyat (G) said during the meeting between the three leaders, a detailed discussion was held over "serious situation" prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir. The leaders, he said, talked about the future course of action in this regard. 

The Hurriyat (G) spokesman said Mirwaiz and Malik Monday afternoon called on Geelani at Hyderpora residence at around 5:45 pm and held a closed-door meeting for about one and a half hour. 

"They called for complete shutdown on May 26 (Thursday) and peaceful protest demonstration after the Friday congregational prayers on May 27 against the proposed plans of creation of separate clusters for Pandits, establishing Sainik colonies, harassment of Jammu Muslims, BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh's warning to Jammu Muslims of repeating 1947 carnage, induction of new anti-Kashmir industrial policy and attempts of demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir," the spokesman said. 

"All the three leaders said time has come when people should rise to defend their existence, individuality, their Muslim identity and disputed status of Kashmir and start an effective struggle against the dangerous plans of RSS in Kashmir," the spokesman said, adding, "India is doing all this to strengthen its forced "military occupation" in Kashmir and it is need of the hour to oppose and resist these dangerous policies."

"The leaders said the main focus of freedom movement of Kashmiri nation is the struggle against the forced military occupation of India over this soil, but we can't remain silent till the achievement of the goal," the statement quoted the leaders as saying. 

"The policy makers of India fully know that sooner or later they have to accept the plebiscite demand of Jammu & Kashmir people and they (India) also understand that the end result of the referendum process will not be in their favour. So under a planned manner they are trying to change the demography of the state and convert Muslim majority into minorities in which the local pro-India parties, particularly the ruling party PDP, are extending their every possible support to them," the separatist leaders, according to the statement, said. "The policy makers of India want to settle non-state subjects in the state. Creation of Sainik colonies and separate townships for Pandits is a part of this policy."

The three Hurriyat leaders said India is using the same experience in Jammu & Kashmir which Israel tested in Palestine and the Indian government is in close contact with the policy makers of Israel in this regard, the spokesman said.

The pro-freedom leaders jointly appealed people related to all walks of life particularly transporters, traders, employees and shopkeepers to extend their support in making the proposed shutdown call a success. "It is our collective fight for our collective existence and every citizen should play his part in this regard," they said. 

The leaders also made a passionate appeal to youths particularly students to play their role in making the said program exemplary, disciplined, dignified and peaceful, the spokesman said. Earlier Malik, continuing with his efforts to forge unity among Kashmiris against "Indian conspiratorial agenda," met resistance leaders including ISL chief Shakil Ahmad Bakhshi and Muslim league chief Mushtaq ul Islam at their respective offices. 

"Leaders discussed the repercussions of conspiratorial Indian agenda of establishing separate colonies for armymen, Pandits, new industrial policy that is aimed at changing the demography of Jammu Kashmir, harm its Muslim majority character and change majority into minority, and (they) agreed to resist these plots with unity and steadfastness. Yasin Malik briefed the meetings about the situation and emphasized upon the need of a united stand against all these plots. Terming these conspiratorial plots as do or die situation for Kashmiris, leaders pledged to fight against these with one face and unity," a spokesman said.

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