Srinagar: Proposals of setting up a Sainik Colony, a township for Kashmiri Pandits and a revamped industrial policy are cementing a bond between pro-freedom parties. On Wednesday morning, the Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik, drove to the official residence of Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani to discuss a joint strategy to counter the “anti-Kashmir” moves.
Kashmir Reader has learnt that a joint programme has been chalked out and will be made public within a week.
Malik has already consulted the Hurriyat Conference faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the High Court Bar Association, the Kashmir Economic Alliance and the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry to build a consensus to counter the government’s moves. Geelani had also hinted at a sharp response, most likely a public agitation, saying that the pro-freedom camp “cannot shut its eyes for the sake of tourism”.
After the two hour meeting, the JKLF spokesman in a statement warned that if India and its “stooges” continue their “anti-Kashmir” acts, Kashmiris would launch a movement against it”.
“Kashmiris will jointly launch stiff resistance and will not allow these conspiracies to succeed at any cost. We will resist all these conspiracies with unity and passion and even spill our blood to stop these anti-Kashmiri programmes,” the JKLF statement said.
The statement also informed that all issues related to the government’s plans of establishing Israeli-type separate colonies for Pandits, retired soldiers, shelters for homeless people from outside the state, the new industrial policy, the plight of Jammu Muslims and the controversial NEET were discussed during the Malik-Geelani meeting.
The two leaders, the statement said, “Emphasised the need for unity to tackle these new challenges faced by Kashmiris and said that the situation was a do-or-die one for Kashmiris. The government wants to change the demography of this land, challenge the Muslim majority status of Jammu & Kashmir and turn the majority into a minority to strengthen the illegal occupation of India on this land.”
The spokesman for Geelani’s party on Wednesday appealed to Kashmiris to be “mentally” prepared for an agitation similar to the one in 2008 when people revolted against the transfer of 800 kanals of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board by the PDP-Congress government.
“The nation has to be mentally prepared to counter the agendas of the RSS and Sangh Parivar. Reaffirm your resolve that the Indian rulers have to go over our dead bodies to implement their vicious policies,” the Geelani group’s spokesman, Ayaz Akbar, said.
A day ago, an amalgam of trade bodies, the Kashmir Economic Alliance, had stated that the controversial issues were pushing the state towards “another 2008 Amarnath land row”.
The controversial issues even seem to have brought the main opposition party, the National Conference, on the same page as the pro-freedom camp.