Mirwaiz Umer again asks people to be peaceful

August 15th, 2008 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS  


Srinagar, Aug 15 (IANS) Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq Friday again urged people protesting against the allotment of land to a Hindu shrine board to be peaceful and not to resort to violence in the Kashmir Valley. Addressing a large Friday congregation at the Jamia mosque in the old city area here, Mirwaiz Umer said: “It is a people’s agitation and we must not allow it to get out of hand.”

He said nobody should attack the local police or the paramilitary forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley.

“Pelting stones at paramilitary bunkers becomes a reason for them to shoot at protesters. This must stop,” Mirwaiz Umer said.

He also appealed to the people not to attack the local police, saying the co-ordination committee set up by both the Hurriyat groups would soon release a list of policemen who used excessive force against the people.

“After that list is issued, people would boycott those policemen and their families,” he said.

He also appealed people not to obstruct the movement of the media and the ambulances in the Kashmir Valley. “Let them do their duties.”

Mirwaiz Umer said the people must unite to work under the banner of the co-ordination committee, which would issue appeals for shutdowns or for resumption of normal activities after assessing the situation.

He asked New Delhi to see what he called was the writing on the wall.

“It is high time the Kashmir issue is finally resolved in line with the aspirations of the people. It is totally a people’s movement and nobody can stop it now,” he said.

He condemned the firing incidents in the Kashmir Valley in which 21 people were killed and dozens injured.

“We did not carry any weapons. We wanted to carry our fruit to Muzaffarabad and that was not allowed. Use of brute force by the Indian security forces would only make matters worse here,” he said.

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