August 2016 News

As Rajnath Singh Visits Valley, Hurriyat Toughens Stand

24 August 2016
The Indian Express
Sofi Ahsan

Srinagar: AS Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh began a two-day visit to the Valley Wednesday in an attempt to meet civil society groups, separatist Hurriyat Conference toughened its stand and announced that its top leadership will march towards the Army headquarters in Kashmir and ask the GoC to 'vacate' the state. The Hurriyat also called for a lockdown of all government offices, barring essential services, Monday and prevent movement of government employees. The joint leadership of the separatists comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik also asked people to write letters to the armed forces, including the Army, BSF, CRFP, ITBP and CISF. '(The) Joint Resistance Leadership will march towards 14 core of Indian Army at Badami Bagh, Srinagar (on Saturday) and ask the GoC to vacate Jammu and Kashmir,' a Hurriyat Conference spokesperson said. Challenging the government order that asks public employees to attend work, the Hurriyat said in a statement, 'Divisional Commissioner, all Deputy Commissioners and Heads of all Departments are warned not to threaten employees in any manner (to attend work). Otherwise list of all such officers will be made public for comprehensive social boycott.' The separatists asked the people to block all roads to institutions of 'propaganda war machinery - Doordarshan, Radio Kashmir and (the) Information Department' - on September 1 and ensure no employee goes inside. Hurriyat has also called for an 'azadi march' to Srinagar Eidgah Friday.