‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’, the parallel concert to that of Zubin Mehta, will commence at 12 PM on Saturday, in Municipal Park Srinagar.
This was announced by the organizers of the programme during a press conference. The press conference was held at the same park which has been chosen for the conduct of ‘Haqeeqat-eKashmir’.
They added that if the authorities did not allow their programme, they will hold a protest sit in at the same place.
Khurram Parvez, one of the organizers, informed media persons that the civil society group had written to the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar about the permission of the programme but they have not received any formal response from the district administration so far.
“I even called the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Shah today and talked to him about the status of the permission request,” Khurram said.
“The administration is hiding itself behind lies,” Khurram said, adding “If we are not allowed to conduct the programme, the responsibility lies on the Chief Minister.”
Khurram apprehended that they may not be allowed to conduct the programme. “The feel is that we may not be permitted to organize the programme, but we will still then reach the venue for a peaceful sit in.”
Another member of the organizer, Dr Altaf Hussain told media persons that the main difference between ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’ and ‘Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ is that the performers in Shalimar are aliens to the soil and the people who will be present in the Municipal Park are sons and the daughters of soil.
“I am sure that the audience of collaborators will understand nothing in Shalimar but here in this park the participants will be an active part of the programme,” Dr Altaf said.
The organizers informed that more than three thousand people will be participating in ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’. The data was provided by the organizers in response to the enquiries about the programme raised in a letter from the administration. The group however, denied receiving any such letter. “We are reading about the letter from media,” Khurram said.