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JKLF chief calls for 'shutdown' during PM's visit

Separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik today called for a shutdown during Prime Minister Manmoham Singh's tentative visit to Kashmir, reasoning that the Prime Minister has failed to deliver on the Kashmir problem in the last nine years.

india Updated: May 30, 2013 19:16 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Thursday called for a shutdown during Prime Minister Manmoham Singh's tentative visit to Kashmir, reasoning that the Prime Minister has failed to deliver on the Kashmir problem in the last nine years.

"We call upon people of Kashmir to observe a compete shutdown when Singh arrives in Kashmir. We will observe it as a black day," said Malik in Srinagar.

Malik alleged that the prime minister, who met the separatist leader in 2006, failed the people of Kashmir because "the peace process was used as garb to kill civilians in peaceful protests since 2008".

"Kashmir has shown a transition from violent to non-violent movement. This transition has been responded by the hanging of the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru this year. Singh has failed to deliver. What will he deliver now by extending dialogue offers as just nine months of his tenure is left," said Malik.

The Prime Minister is tentatively scheduled to visit Kashmir on June 25 and will inaugurate a 11.2-km railway tunnel near Banihal.

Launching a rare tirade on the Congress, which is a coalition partner of the ruling National Conference in the state, Malik alleged that it was pursuing a communal agenda in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It claims to be a secular party but it is not. My procession to provide relief for Muslims as well Hindus for the quake-affected areas of Jammu was stopped yesterday. The drivers were thrashed at the behest of the Congress high command in Delhi. It was a political decision," alleged Malik.

The JKLF leader was arrested in Doda area on Wednesday night and was not allowed to distribute any relief. "We have a history of distributing relief wherever people faced calamity whether it was Gujarat quake or tsunami. No where in the world relief is stopped. I have made it clear that I was not playing politics," claimed Malik.

Malik accused the Congress of using security agencies for recruiting party men. "No one is allowed to do politics in Kashmir University except the Congress. Those involved in the street protests are threatened and were let go only if they join the Congress party," alleged the JKLF leader.

Meanwhile, Malik's bastion-Maisuma area observed a shutdown and protesters resorted to stone pelting against the police action on Malik in Doda yesterday.