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Will observe shutdown on PM's visit: JKLF chief

india Updated: May 30, 2013 20:16 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
Hindustan Times
Yasin Malik

Calling for a shutdown on the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Manmoham Singh to Kashmir, separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Thursday said he 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 people of Kashmir "as 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 (Parliament attack convict Afzal) Guru this year. Singh has failed to deliver. What will he deliver now by extending any dialogue offer as just nine months of his tenure are left," said Malik.

The Prime Minister is tentatively scheduled to visit Kashmir on June 25 and will inaugurate the 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 it was pursuing a communal agenda in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It claims to be a secular party but it is not. My cavalcade of relief meant for Muslims as well Hindus of the quake-affected areas 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 disallowed to distribute any relief. "We have a history of distributing relief wherever people faced any calamity whether it was Gujarat quake or tsunami. It is no where in the world that relief is stopped. I had made it clear that I was not playing any politics," claimed Malik.

Malik accused the Congress of using security agencies for the party recruitment. "No one is allowed to do politics in Kashmir University except the Congress. Those involved in the street protests are threatened to 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.