Mohammad Yasin Malik

Mohammad Yasin Malik

JKLF chief Yasin Malik during his 30-hr long hunger strike in Srinagar. (Photos: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

Ever since the summer durbar resumed operations in Srinagar, a series of controversial issues triggered a sense of unrest across valley. Issues like Sainik colony perceived as the threat to Kashmir’s special status have once again rekindled unity spark in the separatist camp. This time around, it is Maisuma that is coordinating the unity campaign for resisting controversial moves in J&K.

Mohammad Yasin Malik is apparently emerging an active force these days. After returning from New Delhi, JKLF chief is on the move. The current action and reaction of Y of famous HAJY group has been triggered by the reports and proposals of Sainik Colony and KP Townships in Kashmir.

Post-demise of JKLF co-founder, Amanullah Khan, Malik flew to Delhi for treatment. After Pakistan deputy High Commissioner met him, Malik returned home. Back home the overwhelming issues made Maisuma headquarter busy with hectic deliberations.

It was Malik who volunteered to assemble the flock of same feathers together for putting up a united resistance face. What favoured the move was an ideal time testing the PDP-BJP-II. Already the “change in JK demography” had forced CM Mehbooba Mufti led coalition government to address series of pressers, clarifying that “nothing shadowy is being done”.

But separatists, especially Malik has his own reasons to do what he is doing: striking concord. To send out a loud message, he already addressed a hurriedly-conveyed presser, stating that any fiddling with state’s special status will trigger fresh tempers.

Shortly Malik called upon Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani to “devise a joint strategy to counter it”. The move came a day after Malik lashed out at Ms Mufti for banning “academic” seminar called by octogenarian Geelani. As the house detention “process” of ailing Geelani completes six years in 2016, Malik knocked at his door. The closed door meeting emphasized that “joint strategy” is needed.

Next day Malik reached Dukhtaran-i-Millat chief who assured Malik of her support. Hours after, JKLF delegation met Ameer Jama’at-i-Islami and sought his cooperation.

The Hurriyat camp which has witnessed ups and down, divisions and sub-divisions this time is on the same page. Last Friday, when Malik called on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence, the Kashmir chief priest announced from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid that he is determined for “joint strategy to safeguard Kashmiri interests”. Maisuma, it seems, is indeed on ‘unity’ task.

– Riyaz Ul Khaliq

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