July 2016 News

Follow Separatists' Calendar: Hizb, LeT To People Of Valley

30 July 2016
Deccan Herald

Srinagar: In a major concern for security agencies, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) have stepped up their campaign to intensify the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley by asking people to follow the separatists' agitation calendar. The outfits have also directed government employees not to report to duty. The militant groups, who have released formal posters at several places in Kashmir, have also told women to not venture out of their houses without 'valid reasons'. The Hizbul posters spotted in south Kashmir areas like Anantnag have asked Jammu & Kashmir police personnel to 'return to their homes within a week, failing which their families would be socially boycotted'. In Tral area of south Kashmir, Hizb and LeT outfits asked the people to sustain the momentum of the ongoing unrest. The outfits have pasted their posters at mosques, while the imams (priests) were asked to read posters loudly before the people. LeT posters had also appeared a few days ago in Srinagar, warning informers of the security forces. While till now the separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, were claiming to be leading the ongoing agitation, the Pakistan-backed militant groups have for the first time in six years openly extended support to the Hurriyat Conference. Unlike the 2010 unrest, when Geelani was mainly leading the protests, this time besides him, Farooq and Malik also issued joint statements and calendar of protest programmes. It is for the third time since Hizb militant commander Burhan Wani was killed on July 8 that the militants have released 'public notifications'. The south Kashmir villagers said the militants have been personally visiting the villages to paste the posters. A police officer said the government was trying to ascertain as to who were involved in pasting posters in the Valley. 'Militants supporting this unrest is a matter of concern,' he said. The officer, however, said the posters have made one thing clear - Pakistan was fuelling the ongoing unrest in Kashmir. 'A main reason why normalcy is yet to be restored is that militants are supporting the unrest though their handlers in Pakistan,' he said.