Srinagar, August 21, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, as many as 500 activists of different pro-India political parties, panchs and sarpanchs have publicly resigned from their present positions and announced to join the ongoing freedom movement.
South Kashmir witnessed severe protests, massive public rallies and road shows since July 9, a day after Hizb Commander, Burhan Wani was martyred in a joint operation by police and army in Kokernag area.“Pro-freedom rallies and road shows are order of the day in south Kashmir from last one month,” a senior resident of Islamabad town told media men. He said such rallies take place mostly in rural areas as towns are sealed and are under strict curfew.
These rallies started ten days after the killing of Burhan and are called “Ittihad-i-Millat,” (The unity of community), conferences. Leaders of different religious sects and senior citizens address such conferences.
“The aim of our conferences and road shows is to keep youth peaceful and to avoid any fatal casualties,” a religious figure who addressed 15 such conferences told media men. He spoke on customary condition of anonymity.
More than 30 rallies and road shows have been organised in south Kashmir so far. Hurriyet leaders like Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Mir Hafizullah, Mohammad Yousuf Fallahi and Mohammad Yousuf Mir have also addressed such rallies.
Pro-India activists of ruling PDP-BJP combine, NC and Congress, panchs and sarpanchs also come to attend these conferences and announce their resignations publicly.
“We welcome them and invite them to dice amid cheers from enthusiastic public,” said an imam adding, “We do not pressurise anyone to resign but simply pass an appeal which is heard and reciprocated.”
Resigning publicly during “Ittihad-i-Millat” conferences started after the NC leader of Islamabad town, Iftikhar Misger, announced to quit pro-India politics in the middle of July.
Mobile Internet services continued to remain suspended for the past 44 days now while private mobile phone services have intermittently been suspended during last six weeks.
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