Indo-Pak Affairs

Yasin Malik optimistic about Aug 18 march success

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik termed the attempted march to Muzaffarabad by people as a “revolutionary step. “It was a people’s revolution. Kashmir is united to seek Azadi. The need of the hour is to carry this movement in the right direction to achieve our ultimate goal of freedom,” Malik said. He said on August 18 whole of Kashmir would march towards Srinagar-based office of UN and seek the international attention towards the atrocities committed on them by Indian troops. “We would tell them that Kashmiri people get bullets for protesting peacefully for their rights and needs,” Malik said.

He asked New Delhi to solve the Kashmir issues as per the aspiration of Kashmiri people. “I warn India of repetition of August 11 events if the K-issue is not solved,” Malik said. “We have assembled here to pay homage to Sheikh Aziz and other Kashmiri people who sacrificed their lives seeking to open the cross LoC road when Kashmir is facing acute shortage of medicines, baby foods and essentials,” Malik said. Other Hurriyat leaders who were present on the occasion included Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Ghulam Nabi Sumji. Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Mian Abdul Qayoom, Dr Mubeen Shah, Abdul Qayoom of EJAC and others were also present.

Buoyed by the massive public response to its Pampore Chalo call, the Coordination Committee-led by two factions of Hurriyat, traders, Bar Association and fruit growers urged people to join the Monday’s march to United Nations office in Sonwar here and continue the peaceful protests against the killing of the unarmed civilians by police and CRPF. “We urge people to join Monday’s march to United Nations military observers’ office in Sonwar where we will submit a memorandum,” senior Hurriyat leader and Coordination Committee member Masrat Aalam told reporters after coming back from Pampore.

“We have to show to the world that promises India had made with Kashmiri people have not been fulfilled. We want the resolution of Kashmir issue as per the UN resolutions and the right of self determination,” Aalam said. He urged all old and young people from every locality, tehsil and district to join the march. “Doctors, lawyers, professors and students should also march in their professional attires,” he said.

Asking people to continue the peaceful protests, Aalam said, violence should be avoided. “We urge people to continue peaceful protests against the economic blockade, use of brute force and killing of unarmed civilians by the police and CRPF. We should avoid violence during protests and not give police and CRPF a chance to open fire,” he said.

He asked people to join the congregational prayers on Sunday on the occasion of Shab-e-Baraat. “On this day, people should remember all the martyrs especially those who have sacrificed their lives in the past one week.” He said that an important meeting of the Coordination Committee was going to be held on Sunday at the residence of senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani in Hyderpora.

The chairmen of the two factions of the Hurriyat, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, will be chairing the meeting while many other pro-freedom leaders, representatives of traders and fruit growers will also participate. Both the Hurriyat chairmen will address media persons in the afternoon where they will make the future Programmes public.-SANA

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