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Sehrai appeals separatists to ignore differences and unite

Srinagar, July 24: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, on Tuesday appealed all separatists to come under one “platform with one agenda”.

In a seminar organised by the Joint Resistance Leadership at Abi Guzar here to mark one year of those arrested by the National Investigating Agency last year, Sehrai said, “Unity must not remain confined to a few Hurriyat leaders.  We are not moderates, nor extremists. We are not among those who are for compromise.”

He admitted that Hurriyat leaders might have committed mistakes in the past.

“Forget those mistakes and move ahead. There has to be a united leadership on which everybody will have trust and faith. There has to be no separate agenda but one goal to achieve freedom,” the Tehreek Hurriyat chairman said.

“It is a high time to form one single platform and to follow one goal.  Come to leadership with solid suggestions, to make one single platform. Every group whether big or small shall come under one single platform to follow one goal in unison.”

He said there was no scope for confusion.

“If a leader commits mistakes, it is considered mistake of a nation. So, guide the leadership with your valuable suggestions rather than cooking food in separate kitchens. We don’t need to show our weakness but to remain steadfast,” the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief said.

He said that Jammu and Kashmir was economically “well versed”.

“Our hearts demand only demand freedom from the occupation,” he said.

“Our youth should not have been in Tihar. Our daughters should not have been in others jails. They did not commit any crime but are prisoners of freedom struggle,” he said.

He said that Kashmiris have rendered “immense sacrifices” for “this cause”.

“For this struggle, youth are offering priceless sacrifices, and even today, educated youth are joining armed struggle to fight the oppression,” Sehrai said, whose son joined militants earlier this year.