Mirwaiz appeals to people of Kashmir to abstain from violence

Mirwaiz on Friday appealed to the people of Kashmir to abstain from violence during protests.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 22:07 PM IST

Srinagar: Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Friday appealed to the people of Kashmir to abstain from violence during protests, saying there were "elements bent upon sabotaging" the ongoing movement in the Valley.

"Our movement is for a just and noble cause and hence there is no scope for any kind of violence in it," Mirwaiz said in a statement here. He said "anti movement elements and agencies" are working hard to sabotage the movement by setting ablaze buildings and
schools.
"I appeal to the people, especially the youth to be wary of these elements and not allow them to succeed in their designs," he said. Accusing the law enforcing agencies of pursuing "repressive methods", Mirwaiz said, "central and state agencies are also trying to discredit the movement by engaging in deception in order to hoodwink the people of the country and rest of the world into believing that the agitation in Kashmir is based on violence."

PTI