SRINAGAR: The chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, today announced to uphold the march to Lal Chowk call and appealed for mass support to the programmes of the coordination committee. The Mirwaiz was to head a crucial meeting of his alliance at the Hurriyat headquarters in Rajbagh today, but was not allowed to move out of his Nigeen residence by the police, because of which the meeting was held at his home.
Executive members Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan, Bilal Ghani Lone and Fazl-ul-Haq Qureshi were present in the meeting. The Mirwaiz said that the meeting held detailed discussions on the current situation in the valley, expressing concern at the detention of Hurriyat leaders, and killings and violence against ordinary citizens, condemning the actions in the severest terms. “India must bear in mind that the time of bullying and intimidation is over, and that it cannot in any way crush the current mass movement in Kashmir or hammer out a solution to the issue by use of force,” the Mirwaiz said.
He asserted that the coordination committee programmes would be implemented to the full. In reply to a question, the Mirwaiz said that the Lal Chowk Chalo programme continues to stand, and the people should be prepared for the call which would come at an appropriate time. He said that the meeting decided that the Kashmiri people would not succumb to pressure at any cost, and that no efforts would be spared to take the current movement to its logical conclusion. “The movement of the Kashmiri people is not against any religion, nor for any particular faith or sect, but it is a movement by Kashmiris to determine their own destiny, an they have offered immense sacrifice which will not be forgotten at any cost,” he said.
He said that the Hurriyat had decided to step up its campaign at every front to mount pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir issue. “It is a political issue, and cannot be settled by force or coercion,” he said. Describing the arrest of Hurriyat leaders and violence against civilians as brutality, the Mirwaiz said that he had been put under house arrest today as well.
“This is the reason that the coordination committee meeting was held at Rajouri Kadal instead of Rajbagh. Whatever programmes the committee announces will be put into effect, and the people too should regard the committee’s call as authoritative,” he said. Meanwhile, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq has been placed under house arrest at his residence here after he was released from weeklong detention on Monday evening, according to Hurriyat statement.
Condemning the house arrest of Mirwaiz, the Hurriyat has termed it as ‘dictatorial’ attitude of the rulers. “During the holy month of Ramadhan, Mirwaiz has always a busy schedule of delivering sermons at different mosques and shrines. The people are feeling restive due to the restrictions on his movement,” said the spokesman, adding that Mirwiaz could not attend the Coordination Committee meeting on Wednesday due to these restrictions. “He could not also participate in the funeral of his aunt, daughter of Moulvi Muhammad Ahmad Shah (RA), wife of Muhammad Ashraf Buchh,” he said.-SANA