The United Jihad Council—an amalgam of Kashmiri militant groups—on Thursday asked its fighters to stay away from anti-India protests in the Valley.
"While painstakingly reviewing the ongoing freedom movement, it has been decided that the freedom fighters wearing battle fatigues and wielding weapons should stay miles away from public events, rallies and protest demonstrations and solely target the military installations," said the UJC in a statement after a meeting held under the chairmanship of Syed Salahuddin. "It's because the occupation forces, fearful of and incandescent at the ever-increasing resistance and fulminations, are always in search of excuses to shoot down the unarmed people."
Speaking at the meeting, Salahuddin pointed out that the killing of Burhan Wani has united the entire Kashmiri leadership and the nation "and only a unified and sincere leadership can adopt a practicable and unanimous course of action to take people to their ultimate destination of freedom (from India)."
"I call upon all pro-freedom people, particularly the youngsters, to maintain this unity and trust at all costs to frustrate the Indian machinations and conspiracies and do not let any differences or friction pop up in the ranks of pro-freedom forces," Salahuddin said.
According to Salahuddin, the unrelenting curfew, indiscriminate use of bullets and pellets and unavailability of essential supplies (in Kashmir) was "in fact part of an imperialistic plan aimed at crushing the resistance power and passion for freedom of the Kashmiri people."
"If the situation remains unchanged, a major human tragedy is bound to occur in Kashmir," he warned.
The UJC meeting stressed upon Government of Pakistan to shun its "traditional and insipid" Kashmir policy and strategy and "instead dedicate its resources and clout to break the indifference and criminal silence of the international community."
"Or else Islamabad should itself offer complete and solid support to Kashmiris," it demanded.
Salahuddin also took note of the official reception to India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh who arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday to attend a SAARC conference.
"If Rajnath enjoys hospitality in Islamabad and the 'Paradise on Earth' continues to be splattered with blood of martyrs and wounded persons, it is tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of Kashmiris and it may have negative ramifications for the freedom movement," he said.
He expressed the hope that Islamabad would adopt a "concrete strategy and take all possible measures for the success of liberation movement."