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Threat level for Mirwaiz goes up

The threat level to Mirwaiz has increased manifold following his call to end the armed struggle, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 12:33 IST
Arun Joshi

The threat level to All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has increased manifold following his call to end the armed struggle, as terrorist outfits have come to describe him as "political renegade".

A day after the Pakistan occupied Kashmir based terrorist groups conglomerate United Jehad Council criticised Mirwaiz for "delivering sermons of cowardice" Save Kashmir Movement, a radical  outfit has called him a political "renegade".

The group has also reminded him as to how renegades in the past were dealt with.

It was a clear reference to the counter-insurgent leaders, like Kukka Parray, Javed Hussain and Nab Azad. All these counter insurgent leaders were either shot or bombed by terrorists. And all of them were called "renegades" by the terrorist outfits.

A senior police official said that the police were "examining" the threat level to Mirwaiz. "We keep on enhancing his security from time to time," he told  Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity.

Currently, Mirwaiz has Z category security. His residence is guarded round-the- clock and police jeeps escort him whenever he is on the move.

The APHC chairman is now returning to Delhi on January 27, instead of January 24, from Pakistan. The moderates are trying to reach some consensus as to how to  move ahead in looking for a peaceful solution of Kashmir crisis.

APHC chairman's father Moulvi Mohammad Farooq was assassinated at their Nageen residence in Srinagar on May 21, 1990. His uncle Mushtaq was shot dead in 2004 and his own house was attacked with grenades, while his family-run "Islamia School" was burnt.

In fact, the terrorists had made their lethal intentions clear on January 15, when they targeted his house in Srinagar with a rifle grenade. Though he was in Jammu at that time, his family was in Srinagar. No one was hurt.

The grenade attack on January 15 and a general strike on January 17 were to  protest against his visit to Pakistan.

Mirwaiz's words that the time has come to "end the armed struggle" for violence has achieved nothing in all these years, except graveyards. It has further fuelled anger among terrorist outfits against him.

However, Mirwaiz had said that he was on a good path for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as he was seeking Kashmir solution as per their aspirations. "I am not scared. Such elements cannot derail us from our path", he had said immediately after his house was attacked last week.

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