On Friday, VHP had threatened to launch a massive agitation and enforce an economic blockade of Kashmir if the state Assembly allowed a discussion to revoke the Act that bans slaughter of bovines and sale of beef in the state.
“He (Geelani) will try his level best to represent the voices and concerns of the subjugated Kashmiris,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.
The development has come six months after Pakistan pushed for unity among the separatists and asked them to unite under one umbrella.
Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, too, addressed the rally over phone from Srinagar.
The Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday alleged that Yakub Memon was hanged because he was a Muslim.
The Hurriyat also castigated the Jamaat leader for saying that the BJP “has changed and that everybody there is not Sakshi Maharaj”.
The government has also announced more than 300 per cent increase in the remuneration of these officers besides increasing their other perks; one is related to Geelani, too.
The issuance of a passport to Geelani had triggered a controversy, with BJP leaders saying that Geelani should apologise for his “anti-India activities”.
Hurriyat says that the decision to “boycott” the function has been taken in protests against dropping of K-word during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Russia.
In Sopore, clashes broke out at some places between the protesters and the security forces post Friday prayers. The police had sealed all entry points.
Hurriyat has termed the government action as “state terrorism” saying it has proved that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s slogan of “battle of ideas” is hollow.
“Some elements have been raising pro-Pakistan slogans and displaying Pakistani flags. I appeal to the people to boycott such elements,’’ he said here.
Jitendra Singh also said that MEA is yet to take a final call over Geelani’s request for an Indian passport.
“Yatra will go as per schedule. All the facilities including security and safety will be provided to the pilgrims. J&K government will give all cooperation to the shrine board,” Singh said.
In April too, Pakistani flags and anti-India slogans were raised during a separatist rally in Srinagar, which was attended by Geelani and Masarat Alam.