Srinagar: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on Saturday announced his “quit Kashmir movement” with a call for complete shutdown and a march to Lal Chowk on June 23.
“On June 23, RSS and BJP will hold official functions and rallies in Jammu and Delhi to promote their agenda of complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India as on that day in 1952 their leader Syama Prasad Mukerjee had made such a demand,” Malik said.
“I have learnt that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may himself join the function in Jammu. I want people of Kashmir to give strong reply to these elements and observe complete shutdown on June 23 and hold peaceful march towards Lal Chowk,” Malik said while addressing a JKLF convention after he was elected unopposed as chairman of the pro-independence outfit for three years in its first general elections.
Malik said that June 23 will be the “perfect day to start the quit Kashmir movement.”
On May 30, Malik had announced the ‘quit Kashmir movement’ to counter the debate over Article 370.
“Spinning things is India’s specialization. Everyone knows Kashmir freedom movement is not new. They have burst new balloon after elections. This is nothing but a ploy to change the discourse and make it appear that Kashmir issue is a State-Centre relationship,” Malik had said.
He said with BJP and RSS coming to power in India, Jammu and Kashmir is standing at crossroads as it was in 1975 when the Indira-Abdullah Accord was signed.
“But it was Mohammad Maqbool Bhat who returned to Kashmir that time to restart the freedom movement without taking into account its consequences. We need to stand up like him and show resistance to the policies of BJP and RSS,” said Malik.
He said that if Kashmiris fail to understand the conspiracy of RSS and BJP and do not offer “stiff resistance to their abominable plans, we will be on the losing side.”
Meanwhile, Malik was elected opposed as chairman of JKLF in the daylong convention which was held simultaneously in the USA, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan and other countries through video conferencing.
The convention was attended by 61 members of the party’s supreme council, intellectuals, writers, thinkers and civil society members and activists.
Meanwhile, chief patron of JKLF Amanullah Khan was chosen as lifelong supreme head of the party after the motion passed before supreme council was unanimously endorsed by the members, while senior party leader Abdul Hameed Butt was elected as senior vice-chairman.