SRINAGAR: Both Hurriyats and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Monday urged the people to observe a complete shutdown on May 26 to send out a message that the people of J&K will strongly oppose separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits, colonies for soldiers and the New Industrial Policy.
They also called for organising peaceful protests after Friday prayers on May 27. More protest programmes will follow.
The appeal for protests came after a meeting between Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence.
It was learnt the trio discussed a joint strategy that needs to be adopted to counter “Indian agenda aimed at changing the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, harm its Muslim-majority character”.
The leaders, who met in a closed room, have appealed to the people to “resist these ploys with unity and steadfastness”.
After the meeting, Mirwaiz told this reporter that “the people of Jammu and Kashmir should understand the strategically crafted ploys of New Delhi aimed at changing the population demography of Jammu and Kashmir and mask the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir with policies like New Industrial policy”.
“These conspiracies have created a do-or-die situation for Kashmiris. The shutdown and protest should send a clear message that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are against the new industrial policy, separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits and separate colonies for ex- servicemen,” said the joint statement issued by the leaders after the meeting.
Taking a strong note of a statement made by forest minister Lal Singh recently, in which he has reportedly warned Jammu Muslims of a repeat of the massacres of 1947, Mirwaiz said the minister’s statement “was the reflection of covert agenda of BJP government which is cleverly crafted in RSS workshops”.