Hurriyat (G) Calls For 'Quit J&K'
By Syed Ali Safvi
25 June, 2010
SRINAGAR, June 24: Sixty four years after Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah gave the call of “Quit Kashmir” against Maharaja Hari Singh, Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference today called for “Quit Jammu Kashmir” campaign, raising the pitch of separatist rhetoric.
Significantly, the “Quit Jammu Kashmir” campaign call came on the day when the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan were meeting in Islamabad, where Kashmir was the part of their unstructured agenda.
There are speculations as to the response of the other faction of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference, who are engaged in a process of reviving the dialogue with New Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat Conference (G) today also announced fresh protest programme.
Addressing media persons here, senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader, Masrat Alam, said that the conglomerate had decided to launch the campaign against the growing atrocities of Indian troops in the state.
He said that to discuss the present situation in the Valley, Majlis-e Shura of Hurriyat Conference (G) had held two days of meetings at the residence of senior Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Nabi Sumji.
“It was decided in the meeting that “Go India Go Back” would be the vial slogan during the entire campaign,” he said, appealing the people of all three regions of the state to come forward and make the “Quit Jammu Kashmir” campaign successful.
Condemning the recent police clampdown on separatist leaders, and slapping of public safety act (PSA) on chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, Masrat termed the steps as “part of India’s imperial policy”.
Announcing the Hurriyat Conference (G) fresh protest programme, Masrat called for a complete shutdown tomorrow and urged the people of the valley to visit their respective Martyrs’ graveyards to show solidarity with the “mission of martyrs”.
He also urged people to offer special prayers, seeking freedom from Indian occupation, at all mosques across Kashmir on June 26.
“On June 26, the Kashmiri youths will write “Go India Go Back” on every road, wall, lane, and by-lane in protest against Indian occupation,” he said.
Masrat urged the male students to hold protest demonstrations against Indian occupation on June 28.
“The students should tie a black ribbon around their wrist in protest,” he said, while urging the girl students to hold similar protest demonstrations on June 29.
Masrat asked the people to organize special prayers in all Mosques across the state on June 30.
“People are requested to hoist black flags on all houses, shops, vehicles, and hold anti-India protests in the evening of June 30,” he said.
He also appealed to the women-folk across the state to offer afternoon prayers at Srinagar’s Pather Masjid on July 1, and “pray for the success of the ongoing Movement”.
The senior Hurriyat leader also asked the people to observe Kashmir bandh on July 2 and July 3.
Masrat threatened if the Indian government and its “local agents” do not stop killings of innocent Kashmiris and arrests of separatist leaders, Kashmiris would take to streets and launch massive protest demonstrations.
He said that on July 13, a protest march would be taken from “Mazar-e Shauda” at Naqashband Sahib to Eidgah.
Masrat also asked the people to be mentally prepared for a “fresh, big, and organized programme”.
“People should keep stock of essentials in advance as Hurriyat Conference (G) will announce further programme on July 3,” he said.
Referring to the recommendation of Indian Home Ministry to reject the mercy plea filed by the wife of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, Masrat said that if Guru was sent to gallows it would have serious repercussions in the valley.
“India has forcibly occupied the land of Kashmir since 1947, and it is employing all tactics to strengthen its occupation of the valley,” he said. “The mass killings of Kashmiris by Indian troops have spread terror far and wide, and have created a hostile atmosphere in the entire Valley.”
He said that by killing innocent youths in cold blood, the troops had set another example of genocide “where innocent students are murdered and youths are killed in fake encounters and labeled as militants”.
“Our water bodies are under military occupation, and the energy and revenue generated by them are under the control of New Delhi,” he said.
He said that Hurriyat Conference (G) had not been invited by chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for the all-party meeting.
“Only Geelani sahib was invited in the meeting,” he said.
Masrat also condemned the arrest of senior Hurriyat leaders including Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Mohammad Yusuf Nadeem, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Mohammad Moosa, Dr Mohammad Qasim, and others.
June 25: Complete shutdown; Visit Matryrs’ graveyards
June 26: Organise special prayers in Mosques
June 27: Protests by State youth
June 28: Protests by male students
June 29: Protests by female students
June 30: Special prayers; Evening protests
July 1: Special prayers at Pathar
July 2 & July 3: Complete shutdown