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Kashmir separatists call for joint meeting

SRINAGAR, AUG 25 (UNI):- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addressing a joint press conference in Srinagar on Thursday. UNI PHOTO-19U

Srinagar: The separatists in Kashmir today called for a joint meeting of all stakeholders on Tuesday to chalk out the “future course of action” with regard to the ongoing unrest in the Valley, while rejecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that development was the key to a solution.

“There is an urge to take all the stakeholders into confidence for taking the ongoing movement forward. All the forums among whom traders, educationists, transporters, civil society members, religious, social and political organisations, bar association and people from other walks of life have been called on Tuesday, November 8 … to jointly deliberate and discuss future course of action,” the separatists said in a joint statement.

The decision to invite the stakeholders for consultations came after a meeting of the chairmen of both Hurriyat factions Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik at Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora here.

The statement said the separatist leaders “unanimously rejected” the statement of the Prime Minister “wherein he has said that development is the corner stone of Kashmir solution.”

“It was asserted that the struggle … is not meant for any economic gains or packages but for the determination of future of millions of humans living in Jammu Kashmir,” it said, adding “such manoeuvering has failed” earlier and would fail now as well.

The separatists also condemned the burning of educational institutions in the Valley, saying “this phenomenon is very grave” and alleged that these were intended “to defame the ongoing struggle.”

Condemning the recent relaxation of the syllabus by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, the separatists termed it as “ridiculous” and said the move “will tell upon the educational standards and individual potential of the students.