Malik flays Hurriyat factions for ‘separate protest programmes, undermining unity’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Sunday lashed out at Hurriyat factions for “undermining” efforts for a joint programme to commemorate the “martyrdom anniversaries” of Mohammad Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.
“We wanted to forge unity among resistance groups regarding the commemoration programmes on
martyrdom anniversaries of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru. However, even before we could start our efforts, one Hurriyat faction issued a two- day strike calendar while another, even during the course of our deliberations with them on the issue, also undermined our effort by issuing a strike call for three days,” Malik said while addressing a party meeting here.
He was referring to the “protest calendars” issued by the Shabir Shah-led Hurriyat Conference(JK) and the Syed Ali Geelani-led faction of the Hurriyat Conference.
Malik said JKLF wanted to work for “some kind of unanimity among various resistance groups on the issue of protest programs so that people do not get confused.”
Malik said the JKLF does not want to create further confusion and appeals the people to “follow the already issued calendars in this regard.”
Announcing a ten -day program in connection with the “martyrdom anniversaries” of Guru and Bhat, Malik said on February 3, condolence programs will be held in Pulwama and Shupian, on Feb 4 at Baramullah and Bandipora, on Feb 6 at Islamabad and Kulgam, Feb 7 at Ganderbal, Budgam and Kupwara districts and on Feb 10 across Jammu division
On February 9, JKLF will organize a protest rally in Lal Chowk Srinagar for the return of mortal remains of Guru and Bhat, he said.
Programmes will also be held across all major cities of ‘Azad Kashmir and Pakistan, USA, UK, Canada, Europe, Belgium, Holland, Germany, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bressels,” he said.
Malik said February 11 held an important place in Kashmir’s history. “On this day our great leader and ideologue Mohammad Maqbool Bhat refused to budge before oppression and embraced martyrdom on gallows,” Malik said.
Malik said “lakhs of Kashmiris followed the footsteps of Bhat and rendered sacrifices for the freedom struggle.”
Malik said that Mohammad Afzal Guru following Bhat’s footsteps, also “kissed the gallows.”
“Indian on February 9 repeated its tyrannical approach when it sent Guru to gallows . Like Maqbool Bhat , in blatant disregard for moral and legal practices, the Government of India buried Guru at Tihrar Jail and refused to hand over his mortal remains,” he said.