Separatists maintain studied silence on Centre's package



Srinagar: Separatist groups in Kashmir on Saturday maintained a studied silence over the Centre's 8-point formula to deal with the current unrest in the Valley.

JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said he would summon a meeting of the Working Committee and General Council of his outfit to discuss the new development. "We will comment only after the measures announced (by the Union government) are discussed threadbare by the Working Committee and the General Council," Malik said.

The chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani could not be reached for his comments.

An amlagam spokesman, however, said the measures would would be discussed in the Majlis-e-Shoura (Advisory Council). "We will react only after the Shoura meeting. May be Geelani will address a press conference in this regard," spokesman Ayaz Akbar said. Sources in the moderate Hurriyat Conference, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said consultations were on among amalgam leaders for framing a response to Union Home Minister's latest move.

The Centre on Saturday unveiled a package of measures, approved by the Cabinet Committe on Security, to deal with the current turmoil in Kashmir valley.

PTI