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Underground Kashmir separatist issues video, addresses soldiers

Masrat Alam, underground hardline separatist who has been issuing protest calendars for the last one month, today released a video addressing the army of the country.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2010 19:52 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Masrat Alam, underground hardline separatist who has been issuing protest calendars for the last one month, on Tuesday released a video addressing the army of the country.

"We appeal to you (soldiers) on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir not to participate in the brutality and subjugation of the Indian military occupation," said Alam, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader, in a video with collages of people who have died in police action in the last five weeks in Kashmir.

Alam is on the run after the police put reward money on his head.

A second rung leader in the Syed Ali Shah Geelani led Hurriyat, Alam has been holding press conferences from secret locations in Srinagar and giving the police a slip each time.

"We appeal to all Indian soldiers to lend solidarity to the people of J-K for their right to self-determination and the right to be free," said Alam.

More than 60 CDs with Alam's message was distributed by unidentified men in Srinagar's Press Enclave on Tuesday.

Alam, who was released in June after 22 months of detention for being active in the 2008 Amarnath row and faced harshest Public Safety Act (PSA) seven times, asked soldiers "not to kill innocent people".

"You will be tired of killing us but we will not tire of struggling for our history, future and freedom," said Alam in the speech.

Referring to the Indian freedom struggle, Alam said: "We appeal to you (soldiers) to participate in the civil disobedience movement against the orders of the Indian forces. You (soldiers) look into your history where you too know (sic) suppression."

In an indirect reference to the Amarnath yatra, Alam said Kashmiris are known for their hospitality.

"We welcome guests, invited and uninvited, but not invaders," said the separatist leader who is in his late forties.