Unified Leadership of Kashmir Announces Joint Strategy against Sainik Colonies

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: In an extraordinary move the divided All parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Unanimously announced a joint strategy to oppose setting up of Sainik Colony and separate Pandit townships in the Valley. It was announced on Wednesday in Srinagar after hours long meeting between the representatives of he two factions of All parties Hurriyat Conference headed by hardliner leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), according to Media Reports. 

In April 2015, the Rajya Sainik Board (RSB), headed by Governor NN Vohra, had approved establishment of a Sainik colony close to Srinagar’s old airport and subsequently 21.6 acres of land were identified for it and the proposal was sent to then Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, for his approval.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  clarified that the State government has no plan to set up Sainik Colonies but maintained that transit accommodation will be established for migrant Kashmiri Pandits returning to the Valley.

According to the joint programme, unified leadership would be jointly organizing a daylong seminar on June 12 at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence to create awareness about the anti-Kashmir plans of the government. The separatists will also stage a joint silent protest at city centre, Lal Chowk on June 15. They appealed clerics of the mosques to make people aware about the “wicked designs” of RSS and Sangh Parivar in their sermon on Friday (June 10).

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Head Muhmmad Yasim Malik in a message from central jail Srinagar appealed for boycotting Islamabad by-Polls, saying so-called assembly and its members actually deployed to serve cause of India and to harm Kashmiri interests. The PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir has excavated a 29-year-old case to jail JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, who was trying to unite pro-freedom groups, civil society, and trade bodies against the controversial issues. 

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday  termed the statements of the PDP-BJP coalition government over Sainik Colony, satellite townships for Kashmiri Pandits and the new industrial policy as “vague, ambiguous and confusing”, said these “anti-Kashmiri policies” were wrought with alarming consequences and the resistance leadership “would not stay silent over these issues”.

Appealing people to make the protest programs given collectively by the resistance leadership “against these measures a success, the statement said opposing these moves had become unavoidable”.

All parties Hurriyat Conference (g) chief Syed Ali Geelani while rejecting the “clarifications” of CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti, he said, “there is no doubt in this fact that this lady is extending her every possible help in the implementation of RSS agenda in Kashmir. The main objective of these agendas is to change the demographic character of the state and to gradually convert the Muslim majority into minorities.”

“The policy makers of New Delhi are firm over their decision of Pandit and Sainik colonies but due to the pressure of the public resentment, the state government is following the variegate policies in this regard,” he added.

Appealing Ulema and Imams to “raise their voices against” the continuous illegal detention of Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Shafi Lone, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Masarat Alam Bhat, Hafiz Bashir Ahmad Farooqi, Mohammad Yousuf Lone, Ameer-i-Hamzah Shah, Mir Hafizullah, Mufti Abdul Ahad, Master Ali Mohammad Bandipora, Ashiq Hussain Sofi, Nasir Abdullah, Mohammad Amin Parray and Manzoor Ahmad Ganai in their 10th JuneFriday sermons and aware the public about the “wicked designs of the RSS and the Sangh Parivar”.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” can be reached # arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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