Separatists May Toughen Stance

18 June 2014
The Asian Age
Yusuf Jameel

Srinagar: JKLF has announced it will launch a 'Quit Kashmir' movement to counter what it alleges is BJP's plan to change the demography of J&K With the Narendra Modi government disinclined to take Kashmiri separatists on board on issues confronting the restive state and even show any interest in holding peace talks with them in near future, the latter are likely to toughen their postures. However, reliable sources told this newspaper that Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan has privately assured a senior separatist leader that Mr Modi is not against seeking an amicable solution to the Kashmir issue and will definitely talk to all stakeholders including separatists 'but it will take him some time before he sits down to take up the issue for a serious and result-oriented discourse.' Already, pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has announced to launch a 'Quit Kashmir' movement to counter what it alleges is BJP's plan to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir. JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik has chosen June 23 for it and asked people to converge at Srinagar's central square Lal Chowk to raise their voice against 'Indian occupation' and the BJP's 'nefarious design' to change the Muslim character of Jammu and Kashmir by settling non-state-subject refugees in the state. He has also called for observing a complete shutdown in the Valley on the occasion. The Sangh Parivar particularly the BJP observes June 23, the death anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh party founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee as the day for complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. Senior BJP leaders are expected to attend a memorial rally in Jammu on that day. Kashmir's chief Muslim cleric and chairman of his faction of separatist Hurriyat Conference alliance, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, is planning to lead a process to Lal Chowk area from Srinagar's Grand Mosque and hold a rally in Sher-i-Kashmir Municipal Park there on June 20 to mark the golden jubilee of his Awami Action Committee.