Mirwaiz faction of Hurriyat threatens to cross LoC

August 6th, 2008 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Aug 6 (IANS) The moderate Hurriyat group headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq Wednesday announced its support to Kashmir’s fruit growers who are affected by the “economic blockade” of the valley and their decision to cross the Line of Control (LOC) dividing Kashmir after Aug 15. Speaking to the media at the Rajbagh headquarters after the general council meeting of the conglomerate, Umer said: “If the people of Jammu want a separate state based on Hindu majority in the two and half districts of the region, then so be it.”

Umer said his group would hold a march to the headquarters of the United Nations military observers group in Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar Friday to present a memorandum condemning the alleged economic blockade of the valley by the protesters in Jammu.

“We appeal to the international community to condemn the economic blockade of the valley by Hindu fundamentalist groups in Jammu,” Umer said.

He also said Kashmiri separatist leaders would accompany the fruit growers with their consignments of ripe fruit to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir after Aug 15.

“We appeal to the people of Azad Kashmir to facilitate our crossing of the bloody line that divides us. People from across the LoC should bring in medicines for Kashmiris while we shall carry our fruit produce there,” the Mirwaiz said.

He also said protests in Jammu over the past 36 days had made it amply clear to the World who were the communalist forces bent upon destroying Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Amarnath Yatra would continue to take place as it has been for hundreds of years and its affairs should be managed by the (Shri Amarnath) Shrine Board.

“The Muslims here have always supported and facilitated the yatra, but we are against allotment of forest land to the shrine board. Our stand is very clear and should not be misunderstood,” he reiterated.

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