Hurriyat appeals for calm, hartal observed in J&K
9 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: In a subtle change of stance, the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Tuesday asked the people of Jammu and Kashmir to remain calm and show their far-sightedness regarding the US strikes on Afghanistan even as hartal was observed in many parts of the Valley.The APHC executive members, who met here to discuss the political and military impact on the Kashmir issue of the US strikes said ‘‘We are undergoing a critical period of history and, as such, the people require to be calm here and watch the developments in the region.’’Significantly, the Hurriyat, after Monday’s change of the ISI chief in Pakistan by the military ruler Pervez Musharraf, said that terrorism in whatever shape should be condemned. But it said that the present conflict was the outcome of problems like Kashmir remaining unresolved. The resolution of basic issues like Kashmir were needed to ease the tension in the region, a Hurriyat press release said.Meanwhile, hartal was observed in different districts of the Valley for the second day on Tuesday against the US strikes on Afghanistan. Reports received here said that shops and business establishments remained closed in many towns. Students of Kashmir University also boycotted their classes for the second day.The police also lobbed a teargas shells in Baramulla town in the evening to disperse some stone pelting youth, according to sources.