November 2016 News

Separatist Leaders Call For Meeting With All Stakeholders To Chalk Out Future Course Of Action

6 November 2016
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for a joint meeting of all stakeholders on Tuesday to chalk out the 'future course of action' with regard to the ongoing unrest in the Valley, while rejecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that development was the key to a solution. 'There is an urge to take all the stakeholders into confidence for taking the ongoing movement forward. All the forums among whom traders, educationists, transporters, civil society members, religious, social and political organisations, bar association and people from other walks of life have been called on Tuesday, November 8 ... to jointly deliberate and discuss future course of action,' the leaders said in a joint statement. The decision to invite the stakeholders for consultations came after a meeting of Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik. They met at Geelani's Hyderpora residence here. The statement said the leaders 'unanimously rejected' the statement of the Prime Minister 'wherein he has said that development is the corner stone of Kashmir solution.' 'It was asserted that the struggle ... is not meant for any economic gains or packages but for the determination of future of millions of humans living in Jammu Kashmir,' it said, adding 'such manoeuvering has failed' earlier and would fail now as well. The leaders also condemned the burning of educational institutions in the Valley, saying 'this phenomenon is very grave' and alleged that these were intended 'to defame the ongoing struggle.' Condemning the recent relaxation of the syllabus by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, the leaders termed it as 'ridiculous' and said the move 'will tell upon the educational standards and individual potential of the students.' 'We had a very fruitful meeting and we deliberated on various issues in detail,' Mirwaiz told Rising Kashmir. Earlier, Mirwaiz was set free from his house detention to reach Hyderpora. A meeting between the three separatist leaders was foiled by authorities on November 2 by not releasing Mirwaiz and not allowing Malik to enter Geelani's residence. The three leaders had last met in the month of June during a joint programme at Hyderpora. They have been issuing weekly protest calendars for last four months.