Published: 20th May 2016 03:11 AM

Last Updated: 20th May 2016 03:11 AM

SRINAGAR: The separatists with the tacit approval of Pakistan are again making efforts to forge unity and come under a single platform to challenge the writ of the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti.

Three power houses of the separatist camp in the Valley – hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and  JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik – are showing urgency in forging unity among the separatist camp, which is a divided lot at present.

Yasin Malik, who has been maintaining distance from both Geelani and Mirwaiz, has all of a sudden become pro-active in uniting the separatists.

He has held talks with Mirwaiz and Geelani on unity in the separatist camp. The JKLF chairman on Thursday met woman separatist leader and chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Asiya Andrabi, who wants Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan.

“Malik and Asiya held deliberations on government’s proposal to set up Sainik Colonies, ghettos for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in Valley, NEET and industrial policy which allows non-locals to get lease of land for 90 years in the State,” a spokesman of DeM said.

She said the two leaders said India has begun a final war in J&K and it was felt that there was an immediate need for a “joint resistance” to counter these “conspiracies”.

Sources said the unity moves in the separatist camp have the tacit approval of Pakistan, which backs the separatist leaders and groups.

They said separatist leaders have been told by Pakistan to give up their egos and personal differences and come on a single platform. “There were differences on leadership among the separatist camp. It was one of the reasons of disunity among the separatists. Now they have been told to give up such differences and forge unity,” sources said. They said hardliner Geelani was to announce his successor during his last press conference.

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