Finding Alternatives To Hartal

Govt. Prevents Mirwaiz From Chairing Meet

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday condemned the house arrest of its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who was scheduled to attend the meeting of all sections of society at Mirwaiz Manzil to deliberate on new methods of protests.

A Hurriyat (M) statement said that in absence of Mirwaiz, noted educationist Dr Yousuf-ul-Umar presided over the meeting which was aimed at “discussing the alternate means of protest and to devise a joint strategy to counter the state repression”.

“Despite all efforts of the state machinery to scuttle the initiative, a marathon six hour long meeting was held at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal which was attended by some 150 participants,” the statement said.

Mirwaiz, in his telephonic address to the gathering said: “Let each organization deliberate upon the objectives, which we were to discuss, amongst themselves and compile suggestions and select a representative who will put them before the forum. The best ideas and suggestions will be conveyed to the top leadership who will then deliberate upon them and devise a strategy.”

The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said that the objectives outlined for the initiative cannot be achieved in a single meeting but will take time. “As such, it is a process that has been set into motion. This process has to be all inclusive and anyone who can contribute to it is most welcome.”

He said the suggestions from the Kashmir Diaspora will be invited through social media.

The participants condemned the house arrest of Mirwaiz and thanked him for the initiative terming it the earnest need of the hour.

“It is amply clear that the government is day by day hardening its policy of suppression and intolerance of dissent wherein every form of freedom of expression is curbed. In such a serious situation, it is incumbent upon all sections of society to find ways and means of how to resist this oppression and make the world take note of it,” the participants said, according to the statement.


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