Separatists announce after meeting stakeholders; ‘Will incorporate suggestions in protest programs’
Srinagar: A day-long meeting between top separatists and all stakeholders on Tuesday decided to continue with the ongoing pro-freedom agitation in Kashmir. The separatists however said the suggestions that have come from representatives of different sections of society during the meeting would be kept in consideration while formulating next protest program, hoping people would follow it in letter and spirit.
“All the participants unanimously appreciated united face of resistance leadership and authorized them with their full mandate and support to continue the freedom struggle with zeal and passion. It was emphasized upon both, leadership and nation, to remain steadfast and committed to take the struggle to its logical end,” said a statement issued by joint resistance leadership after the meeting. “It was unanimously decided that the programs from the joint resistance leadership should be followed in letter and spirit and whosoever violates it should be convinced and conveyed that discipline and resilience has to be adopted for achieving our goal…”
The meeting between the separatists – Hurriyat Conference-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat Conference-M Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF Chief Muhammad Yasin Malik – and representatives from different associations including trade bodies, transporters, religious and political organizations, high court bar association and others was held at Geelani’s residence Hyderpora here to chalk out future course of the ongoing protest programs.
“The representatives of different associations reposed full faith on the leadership. We trust people and reiterate that this movement is scared for us. (But) we have to stay disciplined,” Geelani, flanked by Mirwaiz and Malik, told media after the meeting.
Today’s was the first meeting between separatists and representatives from different associations and bodies in Kashmir over the prevailing situation in region which has witnessed 95 civilian killings and injuries to over 15000 people in forces action in past four months of uprising following militant commander BurhanWani’s killing.
“The suggestions and proposals that came from the representatives had one thing in common- the ongoing movement should be continued with,” Mirwaiz told media.
The representatives, Mirwaiz said, also gave “some suggestions”. “We (separatists) will sit and discuss those suggestions and come up with a program before people and we are hopeful that people will follow the program in letter and spirit like they have been following and supporting in past four months.”
“The suggestions that have come from different sections will be taken into consideration while formulating new programs,” said Mirwaiz, adding the separatists were united and committed to the ongoing movement which was in a “very critical phase”.
While talking to media, Malik said the representatives asked the resistance leadership to continue with the ongoing movement and programs.
“We are committed to carry forward the suggestions and proposals that have come from them. The united leadership will come up with the programs,” said Malik.
Sources said during the meeting there was a consensus that the exams for class 10 and class 12 should be held in March next year.
“There should be no compromise on the quality of education for students,” the participants said.
“Participants discussed that the economic losses, educational hiccups and social constrains are a part of the freedom movement and we all should overcome them collectively with firmness, wisdom and patience,” said the statement.
According to the statement those who participated and gave their suggestions and opinion included Ameer-e-Jama’atIslamiGhulam Muhammad Bhat, President Jamait-e-Ahli Hadith Ghulam Ahmad Bhat, Nayeem Ahmad Khan (National Front), GhulamRasoolHami (KarwaniIslami), MoulanaKhursheed Ahmad Kanoongo (Himayat-ul-Islam), MirwaizQaziYasir Ahmad (Umat-e-Islami), Jagmohan Raina, NarinderKhalisaJi (Sikh Representatives), Muhammad Abdullah Tari (Democratic Freedom Party), Farooq Ahmad Dar (BitaKaratay), Mian Abdul Qayoom (Bar Association), Muhammad Hussain Khan (Prof Kashmir University), Abdul MajeedZargar (Civil Society), ChoudharyShowkat (Kashmir Economic Aliance), Mushtaq Ahmad Wani (Kashmir Chamber of Commerce), Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya (Hotel Association), Mohammad YousufChapri (House Boat Association), Moulana Syed Waris Shah Bukhari, Doctors Association, MasroorAbas Ansari (Ithad-ul-Muslimeen), DrYousuf-ul-Umar (Study Circle), GhulamNabi War (Private School Association), Muhammad Yasin Khan (Economic Alliance), HafizullahBakshi (Traders Association Kupwara), Syed Himad (Student), Muhammad Yousuf Mir (Muslim League), Bashir Ahmad Rather (KTFM), MushtaqSagar (traders’ representative), FayazShabnam (EJAC), Haji Sajad Hakeem (Trader Islamabad), S Badha Singh Ji, Haji Muhammad Ashraf (trader Sopore), Ajaz Ahmad Sofi (trader Handwara), Khurshhed Ahmad (BeopaarMandal), Bashir Ahmad Bashir (Fruit Mandi), Mushtaq Ahmad Dareel (trader), Abdul QayoumWani (KMD), GhulamRasolZari (Western Bus Stand), Ghulam Muhammad Nagoo (AnjumanShar-e-Shiyaan), Zamrooda Habib (Kashmir Tehreek-Khawateen), Yasmeen Raja (Muslim KhawateenMarkaz), ErMukhtarYousuf, FayaazBakshi (Chairman Sumo Drivers) Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf (transporter) and Tahir Ahmad Lone.
Following the meeting all stakeholders remained tight-lipped over what transpired in the daylong meeting.
“We met and put forth our suggestions before them. We extended our support to the leadership’s program,” said a trader wishing anonymity, adding all the attendees put forth their suggestions before the separatists. Other attendees also refused to talk regarding the meeting.
While the meeting was going on, hundreds of people staged pro-freedom protests on the airport road outside Geelani’s residence.
People especially youth started assembling on the road since this morning when the stakeholders arrived for the meeting. The protesters were carrying placards seeking implementation of UN resolutions and raised anti-India slogans.
“I have come here to see the outcome of the meeting. We have suffered heavily and I wish good sense prevails and they (separatists) come up with such a strategy that will not harm people economically,” local news agency CNS quoted an elderly man.
However, most of the people who were part of the protest said that separatist leadership should not call off strike as it would “send a wrong signal”. “If you call off strike that means you bowed before New Delhi,” said an emotionally charged youth.