Friday, January 14, 2011

Kashmir: JKLF to march on historic square to counter Hindu right wing party's plan to hoist Indian tricolour

Srinagar, India, Jan 14, IRNA -- Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has called on Kashmiris to march to Lal Chowk, a historic square in central Srinagar on Januray 26, to counter Hindu right wing party BJP's plan to hoist Indian tricolour there.

Muhammad Yasin Malik, JKLF Supremo, while announcing the move, said, “People will assemble at Lal Chowk on January 26 and it will be non-violent democratic answer to BJP’s plan.”

“Kashmiris will show to the world on January 26 what they want,” he added.

Januray 26 is India' Republic Day and BJP has launched a naerly 4000- kilometer march from the eastern Indian city of Kolkatta for hoisting Indian antional flag in Lal Chowk (Red Square) of Srinagar.

The square was named Lal chowk or Red Square after erstwhile Soviet leaders Primier Khrushchev and his foreign minister Bulganin addressed gatherings here in 1955 thus sealing the Kashmir's fate in cold war politics.

Another historical significance of the square is that it was at a mamoth gathering here that India's first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru promised Kashmiris a plebescite.

Meanwhile Malik reminded BJP leadership of their veteran leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s promise.

Referring to an article by Vajpayee in which he had stated that the BJP was following a beaten track on Kashmir and had declared his government's intention to take bold and innovative steps for a peaceful settlement of Kashmir problem.

“When in power they talked about resolution of Kashmir. But out of power they have been issuing statements of defeating Kashmiris. '

'Mr Gadkari’s (BJP President) statement in Kolkata is an open threat to Kashmirs, but the nation which has sacrificed more than one lakh people for freedom can’t be overawed by such statements,” Malik said.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Farooq has extended support to the JKLF program to foil BJP’s proposal of hoisting of tri-color in Srinagar.

Executive Council members of Hurriyat met here Friday to discuss the proposed plan of BJP.

“It was BJP who had initiated dialogue to solve Kashmir when it was in power. But now out of power, BJP leadership is proving its double standards and colonial mindset. We will answer it in Lal Chowk,” a Hurriyat spokesman said in a statement.