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Crucial JRL Meet Today

A crucial meeting of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik will be held today at Geelani’sHyderpora residence to deliberate upon alternate means of resistance and New Delhi’s latest offer for talks.

The leaders are likely to finalise a six-member committee for holding wider consultations with a cross sections of society to frame an alternate strategy to frequent shutdown calls as the only means of protest available.

Sources said the meeting was likely to start around 11am when Mirwaiz and Malik are expected to reach Hyderpora. The top resistance leaders are scheduled to discuss pertinent issues and the prevalent situation in Kashmir.

“The JRL will discuss Delhi’s talks offer and its joint response to it,” a source from the separatist camp said.

Recently, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that New Delhi was ready to talk to Hurriyat and Pakistan if they wanted a dialogue.

However, addressing a seminar at his Hyderpora residence on Sunday, Geelani already said Hurriyat would enter any dialogue with New Delhi only if Kashmir was accepted as a “dispute” and the resistance camp’s 2010 five-point proposal was made basis for any talks to be meaningful.

Sources said the JRL would also ask the proposed six-member committee to reach out to lawyers, doctors, students, engineers, traders and other sections of the society for wider consultations over finding alternatives to shutdown calls as means of resistance.

“The JRL will seek feedback on how to protest other than resorting to strike calls.”

The meeting assumes significance at a time when Centre has announced unilateral ceasefire for the month of Ramadan. The JRL had earlier stated that it wanted permanent halt in the killings, and not just temporary relief.


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