Kashmir: Separatists to continue strike, hint at relaxation

The decision was taken following a meeting of the separatist leaders with various “stakeholders”, including traders, transporters and civil society members.

Written by Bashaarat Masood , Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar | Published:November 9, 2016 3:47 am
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The separatist leadership on Tuesday decided to continue with its shutdown call and protest calendars, but hinted at “addressing the concerns” of some sections of society who have been hit by the strike.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the separatist leaders with various “stakeholders”, including traders, transporters and civil society members.

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“Everyone (participants in the meeting) said that the leadership should continue the struggle. They have decided to continue it,” separatist leader Yasin Malik said. “The (protest) programme will happen again. This is a people’s movement and as long as they want it, it will continue.”

The meeting convened by the joint separatist leadership — comprising Hurriyat chairmen Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik — started at 10.30 am and continued till 5 pm. Sources said while some participants in the meeting sought more relaxation in the protest calendars, they asked the leadership to “continue the struggle”. “They gave some suggestions… Keeping in view the issues of those sections, a comprehensive (protest) programme will come,” Mirwaiz said.

Some participants said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement in Jammu that “good news would come soon” should be taken into account. “She perhaps thought that a situation would arise in which the struggle would be damaged. Or that a wrong step would be taken regarding our struggle,” Geelani said after the meeting. “All of them (participants) expressed their confidence in the leadership.”

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    arun dass
    Nov 9, 2016 at 4:26 am
    rotten fellow ruined Kasmir...to be thrown out of kasmir
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      Trashforcoat
      Nov 9, 2016 at 2:23 am
      this guy does not deserve to stay in a civilization. .get him out of JnK . . and the sad thing is that the self respecting muslims do not pick up guns to root out such evil who shames thhe w set of people who follow ilsam honestly.
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        Bandra
        Nov 9, 2016 at 9:37 am
        After all the separatists remain in the payrolls of their masters across the border to create anarchy- They will continue with their struggle in order to save their faces. If they think people are supporting them why don't they stand for elections and win and then carry on their agenda. Their masters have already given the nothern karakoram part of Kashmir to China and the rest of it will be pledged to finance the CPEC- Geelani and Co -take note
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          Mohan
          Nov 9, 2016 at 7:14 am
          I have a got and it is 92 years old.
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