UAC issues fresh protest programme; Evokes mixed response

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Srinagar, March 11: Mutahiddda-Majlis-Mashawarat (United Advisory Council) of Kashmir resistance groups Sunday came out with a fresh protest calendar.

According to the release issued by the pan-resistance group, there would be no shutdown on Monday but people have been asked to protest after dusk prayers.
The group formed after the secret hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammmad Afzal Guru on February 9 has asked employees to hold a one-hour protest on Tuesday. However there will be no shutdown on that day.
The protest calendar has come out despite government launching a massive crackdown on the members yesterday.
The group has asked people to observe a shutdown on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the pan-resistance group has asked Kashmir people living outside valley to hold protests for the return of Guru’s body.
The group that has been endorsed by heads of both factions of the Hurriyat Conference has asked people to hold protests after Friday congregational prayers. There would be no shutdown on Friday.
On Saturday, male students in Kashmir valley have been asked to hold demos inside their institutions.
On Sunday there would be no shutdown.
The resistance council has also condemned the arrests, and alleged ransacking of houses by forces, and has said “the sentiments of people cannot be muzzled by the use of force.”
The MMM has appealed people to start an online campaign on internet and social networking websites on Saturday for the return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru — both hanged and buried in New Delhi’s Tihar prison.
It has also appealed people to change their profile pictures and upload Bhat’s and Guru’s pictures.
The new protest calendar yielded a mixed response over micro-blogging and social networking sites.
People over micro-blogging site Twitter criticized the joint advisory board.
“#MMM is there to sell out the blood of Martyers. Awesomely Dissappointed. #Kashmir” wrote a Kashmiri user over Twitter.
“While to those castigating #MMM: do you have any better alternative and strategy?” wrote Qadri Inzimam.
On social networking site Facebook, Mudasir Khan, a student, defined Mutahida-Majlis-e-Mashawarat as “Mummy Medi Mah” while some wrote “MMM Means Mujha maal milgaya.”
A Facebook page “Kashmir Face to Face” wrote “Dear MMM ye calendar hai ya surrender”?
Another Facebook user Rashid Kuchey wrote: “Whether it’s MMM, Hurriyat G, Hurriyat M Or Any Other Group who are authorised to issue protest calendar. They should make a Facebook page in order to take suggestions, views and opinions through comments by people regarding the Calendar before they issue it”.

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