January 2017 News

Separatists Restrict Shutdown To Fridays In Kashmir

15 January 2017

Srinagar: The separatists in Kashmir have further scaled down their ongoing agitation by restricting the strike call to every Friday and have asked people to observe a 'black day' on the Republic Day. In a fresh protest programme issued late last night, the separatists - hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik asked the people to observe strike only on Fridays. After the unrest broke out in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July last year, the separatists have been issuing regular protest programmes. The protests have gone down since November and the separatists restricted the strike to Friday and Saturday every week. In view of Republic Day, the separatists have called for a shutdown on Thursday as well this week. They have also called for joint protest on Monday after the afternoon prayer. Youth can't be bluffed for too long: MoS PMO On whether separatists have been rejected by the people of Kashmir, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh speaking with TIMES NOW said for separatists separatism was never their ideology but matter of convenience when they could not make it out in mainstream politics. He further said the new generation of Kashmiris are awakened and do not carried away. 'The separatists in Kashmir are not separatists by conviction, but separatists by convenience. They have carried on with this bluff but the new generation is no longer on the side of this bluff. When they could not do anything in mainstream politics, they drifted over the separatism. Separatism is not their ideology but politics by other means at the cost of the innocent masses. New generation of Kashmiris are awakened enough and do not take this rhetoric. This monotonous politics of today of separatists cannot get carried forward. People have realized that this is one kind of exploitation they suffered for years and the new generation is awakened enough,' said Jitendra Singh.