SRINAGAR: The united separatist leadership of Kashmir on Wednesday extended the ongoing shutdown by one more week, upto November 17, without any major strategic change in the protest programme.
The leadership – Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik – yesterday chaired a joint meeting of stakeholders including representatives of traders, transporters, educationists, lawyers, civil society members, and social, political and religious organisations.
Mirwaiz, while speaking to media after the meeting, had hinted at a fresh strategic protest programme after receiving suggestions from the participants of the meeting.
According to the fresh protest programme, the leaders announced no relaxation in shutdown on November 11 (Friday), November 14 (Monday) and November 17 (Thursday). However, they called for relaxation in shutdown from 4 pm onwards on November 12 (Saturday), November 13 (Sunday), November 15 (Tuesday), November 16 (Wednesday).
The separatist leaders also called for ‘Youm-e-Istiqlal’ on Friday, November 11, at Jamia Masjid Srinagar, where no Friday prayer was allowed on last 17 Fridays. They asked people to start marching towards the venue from Thursday evening (after Maghrib prayer). They said a ‘freedom congregation’ at Shehar-e-Khas after Friday’s congregational prayer and said that the joint separatist leadership would address people there.
The separatists called for a protest march to Srinagar city-centre Lal Chowk on Monday, November 14, and asked people to start marching towards the venue from Sunday evening (after Maghrib prayer).
The separatists also called for an assessment drive on November 12, community school day on November 13, women’s day on November 15, freedom marches to several places across Kashmir on November 16 and one day ‘azadi convention’ on November 17.
Calling for the freedom marches on November 16, the separatists said, “From 7 am, march one and all from Kupwara to Rajwar Zachaldara, Baramulla to Tujjar Sharief, Bandipora to Ganastan, Budgam to Pakherpora, Ganderbal to Phag (HQ at Shuhama), Srinagar to Soura (including 90 feet stretch upto Pandach), Pulwama to Keller, Shopian to Ramnagri, Kulgam to Bugam and Islamabad to Sagam.”