Hurriyat leader Ghulam Nabi Sumji among the 10 people called for NIA questioning last week
In a serious breach of security ahead of Modi’s visit, militants on Thursday attacked a guard post of a hotel in Srinagar and fled with rifles. The incident caused a flutter within the security agencies and two policemen who were manning the guard post were detained for questioning.
The Hurriyat leader said in supporting dialogue, “I probably represent the beat of each one of us in the south Asian region. I don’t want to die tomorrow in an atomic holocaust, I don’t want to burn alive with my kith and kin and the entire region. Who wants it?”
The Hurriyat Conference chairman asked Abdullah to revisit annals of history and claimed that the latter was speaking against the wishes and aspirations of the people.
While Hurriyat Conference has rejected the dialogue initiative, the Centre’s special representative to Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma indicated he was optimistic about such a meeting in the future.
Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani aide says Centre must also release jailed political prisoners
Official sources told The Indian Express that Watali also claimed that he played an instrumental role in ensuring the presence of Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi for the swearing-in ceremony in May 2014 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Investigating agencies like the NIA (National Investigation Agency) have cracked down on Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law –Altaf Ahmed Shah, also known as Altaf Fantoosh — and six other Kashmiri separatists.
“As you know Amarnath yatra is underway. Our maximum manpower is committed to the yatra. Then there are other commitments with regard to law and order and also Burhan Wani’s anniversary,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan said.
The separatists had planned a programme at Aali Masjid to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Yousuf Shah who served two terms as the PoK president in 1952 and 1956. He had also served as an education minister there.
In the latest measure to curb separatists in Kashmir, authorities have prevented the Hurriyat leaders from conducting meetings.
The two factions of Hurriyat Conference said a seminar would be organised on June 12 and a sit in protest will be held on June 15.
Masked men were holding the Pakistani flags when the separatist leader took out the procession from Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area as part of a series of events organised on the eve of 26th death anniversary of his father Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq.
The Sena claimed that had the same thing been done by the Congress the BJP would have branded them unpatriotic.
Mirwaiz answered questions and responded to suggestions for three hours, with most Twitter users questioning the wisdom behind separatist leaderships’ ‘hartal and chalo’ politics and suggesting new ideas.