No Strike, Shutdown On Fridays: Mirwaiz

3 July 2009
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Stating that no strikes should be observed on Fridays as it disturbs religious congregations, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq favoured joint resistance charts and reiterated “Lal Chowk Chalo” call on July 13. Addressing a Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said, “No strikes will be observed on Fridays from now onwards. We have consulted other pro-freedom groups on this point as well”. According to Mirwaiz, protests on Fridays provide government an opportunity to impose undeclared curfews and intervene in religious affairs of Kashmiri Muslims. “It is a pious day for Muslims and we should be able to perform our religious duties. People should support such an initiative,” he said. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “We are also in consultation with other pro freedom groups to evolve a joint strategy regarding the resistance chart.” Reiterating that “Lal Chowk Chalo” call for July 13 stands intact, Mirwaiz said further details will be made public on July 5 during the raising day function of Awami Action Committee. He said that separatist organizations should not be in a race to issue strike calls or formulate individual programs. “We should not look like a divided house,” he said and urged people to follow the program of leadership. Stating that strikes are the last resort of protest, Mirwaiz said, “We need to think on creating alternate ways of protests. We have to carry on the movement and the lives of people as well.” On Shopian incident he said, “Government should book the culprits otherwise we will be forced to come out with a program and authorities will be responsible for the consequences.” Supporting Saturday’s call of peace march by Majlis Mashawarat spearheading agitation in Shopian, Mirwaiz asked international community to take cognizance of the brute force being used on the peaceful protestors in Kashmir. He said that the government is busy in finalising portfolios for the ministers while ignoring the ground situation in Kashmir. Condemning the atrocities committed by the troopers and policemen across Kashmir, Mirwaiz said, “The state is run by the forces, who, are resorting to worst form of oppression. Arrests, house arrests, harassments and suppression will further strengthen the resolve of masses and leadership.”