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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 Conferencechairman 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 afterthePakistan occupied Kashmir basedterrorist groups conglomerate United Jehad Councilcriticised Mirwaiz for"delivering sermons of cowardice" Save Kashmir Movement,a radical outfit has called him apolitical"renegade".

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

It wasa clearreference to the counter-insurgent leaders,like Kukka Parray, JavedHussain andNab Azad.All these counter insurgent leaders were either shot or bombedby terrorists. And all of them werecalled "renegades" by the terrorist outfits.

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

Currently, Mirwaiz has Z category security. His residence is guarded round-the- clock andpolice jeeps escort himwhenever he is on the move.

The APHC chairman is now returning to Delhi onJanuary 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 wasassassinated at their Nageen residence inSrinagar on May 21, 1990. His uncleMushtaq was shot dead in 2004 andhis 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 January15, when they targeted his house in Srinagar witharifle grenade. Though he was in Jammu at that time, his family was in Srinagar. No one was hurt.

The grenade attack on January 15 andageneral strikeon January 17 were to protest against his visit to Pakistan.

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

However, Mirwaiz had said thathewas on a good path for the people ofJammu and Kashmir, as he wasseeking 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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First Published: Jan 24, 2007 12:33 IST