Kashmir unrest: Separatists to meet ‘stakeholders’ on future course of protest

Authorities had on November 2 foiled a similar meeting between the leaders by not allowing Mirwaiz Farooq out of his residence.

By: IANS | Srinagar | Published: November 6, 2016 8:13 pm
Kashmir, Kashmir unrest, Kashmir violence, Hurriyat conference, Hurriyat conference leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yashwant Sinha, BJP, Kashmir curfew, Kashmir status, india news Senior separatist leader of the hardliner faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani. (AP Photo)

Senior Kashmiri separatist leaders have decided to hold a meeting of all “stakeholders” on Tuesday to decide the future course of the ongoing protest shutdown in the Valley. After a marathon three-hour long meeting at senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani’s uptown Hyderpora residence, Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik decided to convene a meeting of all stakeholders on Tuesday to decide the future course of the nearly four-month long protest shutdown.

“It was decided that all stakeholders including educationists, traders, transporters and civil society representatives will be invited to meet the separatist leaders on Tuesday to decide issues related to holding of examinations, functioning of public transport and trade activities in the Valley,” a source in the separatist camp said in Srinagar.

Authorities had allowed a meeting of Mirwaiz, who heads the moderate Hurriyat and Malik, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, with Geelani, who heads his own Hurriyat faction as informed sources said they may decide to give relief to education, transport and trade in their next protest calendar. Authorities had on November 2 foiled a similar meeting between the leaders by not allowing Mirwaiz Farooq out of his residence.

Separatist sources told IANS that the three leaders discussed the strategy regarding the ongoing protest shutdown called by them that has paralysed life in the Kashmir Valley for nearly four months. Separatists have been issuing weekly protest calendars and asking people to continue the shutdown.

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  1. R
    Nov 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm
    Don't let them hold any public meeting - of any kind until things normalize. House arrest or something.
    1. W
      waqar khan
      Nov 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      Bravo! What the govt is incompetent of these Hurriyat leaders are doing it.Talking with all stakeholders and talking all of them aboard.Azaadi is not over night thing this is stuggle of years and blood of thousands of martyrs .No body is perfect in all his judgement but the collaboration and accepting the mistakes is only way out.
      1. S
        Nov 7, 2016 at 8:53 am
        So the climb down has started? There is no remedy like getting your hand on their balls. Modi has done it and Kashmir will be OK. There will be no flag any more fluttering there.
        1. V
          Nov 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm
          It's only in India people like geelani and company carry out anti national activities... If it's case in stan, long back, these guys would have been no more...
          1. Vikas Malpani
            Nov 6, 2016 at 3:51 pm
            Go to your Azad Kashmir buddy. Wish you best of luck but from India one thing is sure you won't get a piece of land of Kashmir which is with us at present.
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