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File photo. Hours after another killing incident shook the apple town Sopore on Monday; separatist leader in Kashmir exhibited a united face, issuing a joint strike call and a protest program. According to KNS correspondent,  a meeting was held at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid on Monday afternoon wherein Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, representatives of Geelani’s faction of Huriyat and of JKLF took part. It was decided in the meet to issue a joint strike call for Wednesday against the killing spree taking place in North Kashmir’s Sopore since past few days.  The meeting besides condemning such incidents expressed serious concern over

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The ‘Kul Jama’tei Hurriyat Conference’ or the ‘All Parties Hurriyat Conference’ [APHC] came into force as a conglomerate in 1993. Only a decade after its inception the amalgam split into two, as the octogenarian Geelani Sahib initiated ‘tatheerei amal’ or ‘purification process’ levelling accusations that a constituent of the Hurriyat had fielded proxies in the 2002 assembly elections. One more decade down the line we have a third Hurriyat in 2014. No wonder another assembly election is just round the corner. The Urdu word ‘Hurriyat’ when translated into English language means ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’. Hurriyat — as an amalgam of

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Photographs by Shahid Tantray | Srinagar, Kashmir Five people have got injured in the protests and stone throwing post Friday prayers in Srinagar’s downtown area. The protests started soon after the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference led a protest demonstration around the central mosque of the summer capital. Mirwaiz was released after 45 days of house arrest. While addressing the demonstration, he termed Afzal Guru’s hanging as a “political execution” and urged people to follow joint coordination group of separatists- Mutahid Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) programs. He also slammed the government for imposing curbs in Kashmir, use of force and for locking

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Outside grand mosque, Jamia Masjid in Srinagar where people were not allowed to offer Friday prayers today. Photograph by Shahid Tantray By News Desk The Hurriyat Conference (M) today strongly denounced curfew, restrictions, arrest of youth, and placing its chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest in the aftermath of the hanging of Afzal Guru on Feb 9. Apart from Mirwaiz, majority of the Hurriyat leadership is either under house arrest or have been locked up in police stations. “The APHC considers these draconian measures to forcibly silence the genuine voices by the government as an act of political retribution

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By News Desk While calling for a “joint coordinated effort” on part of the separatist leadership, Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that in the wake of the current situation, the future strategy to move forward would be devised only after taking suggestions from all the constituents of the conglomerate. In view of the ongoing serious situation, the Mirwaiz stressed that it was the need of the hour that pro-resistance leadership should sit together and devise a “joint coordinated effort” to take forward the freedom movement and mission of Martyr Afzal Guru and thousands of other like him. While

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Yasin Malik, Chairman, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, addressing the gathering on August 5, 2012 in Srinagar. By Naseer Ganai Often separatist leadership is being criticised for doing nothing. They are being condemned in private and public. There are people who don’t even stop talking about leadership crises. That the leadership has failed. That it has done nothing. That all miseries people suffer from are because of the leadership. Such talk never stops. But whenever situation demanded they have acted even though their critics never acknowledged it. Last year we were standing on volcano. We would talk about it. We had

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University of Kashmir By Gowhar Geelani Perhaps it is the state’s worst-kept secret that politics of any kind is not allowed inside the University of Kashmir. Since past two decades the so-called mainstream politicians, perhaps deeply disturbed by the popularity of leaders belonging to the pro-resistance camp, have been pitching for “de-linking politics from academics”. In this very context, everything was done from ‘stick to carrot policy’ to ensure that the University remained apolitical during the turmoil years. The continued ban on the Student Union is a case in point. On the other hand, a handful of professors, lecturers and

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq | Photo: Shailendra Pandey/Tehelka A Kashmiri activist group, Aalaw which has more than 7000 members on its Facebook page, has written an open letter to pro-Kashmir moderate leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asking him to clear his stand vis-a-vis which side he belongs. The letter was published as a note on their page and is being widely shared by netizens. “These questions might be uncomfortable,” the letter says addressing to the Mirwaiz, “and you are absolutely not obliged to respond. But it will go a long way in clarifying the doubts, the reservations and the misunderstandings.” The letter

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing people before Eid prayers at Eidgah ground. (Photo: Fahad Shah) By Fahad Shah After seven days of strict curfew in the Kashmir Valley state authorities gave some respite to the inhabitants of Srinagar city by lifting curfew for some hours in the late afternoon. People flocked towards shops to buy essential commodities as most of them are in difficult conditions like shortage of food items. Speech of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Eid During this relaxation no untoward incident was reported. One of the customers at a grocery shop in Soura, a young boy told Kashmirwalla India

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