Geelani Calls For Friday Protests

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Srinagar – Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Wednesday expressed concern over what he described as growing nexus between the US, Israel and India accusing them of working on a joint state-sponsored anti-Islam and anti-Muslim agenda at the international level and sparing no attempt to hurt the sentiments of Muslims.

“Close on the heels of the blasphemous film against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and killing of six Muslim protesters near Delhi by police, a History book brought out by NCERT containing the caricatures of angel Gabriel and sketches of holy Ka’aba has surfaced to lend credence to the belief that most state-run institutions are in the grip of communal forces,” Geelani said, asking for immediate arrest of those responsible for the NCERT publication.

Geelani called for peaceful protests post-congregational prayers on Friday against the killing of six Muslim protesters near Delhi and publication of the NCERT book on 21st of this month. He asked people to observe 2-minute silence and stop all activities at 11 a.m. on the day to register protest against the blasphemous film.

Condemning the arrest of several youth who were demonstrating against the blasphemous US film on Tuesday, Geelani said police had conducted nocturnal raids at their houses before taking them into custody. “By arresting the protesting youth, the state government has added an insult to the injury,” he said, asking the authorities to immediately stop the arrests and release those held so far.

Hurriyat Conference chairman said that Omar Abdullah-led government to appease his Delhi masters did not allow any peaceful protests even for demanding basic amenities like water and power and now would not countenance any demonstration against anti-Islam activities for fear of these turning into anti-government popular movements. (KNS)

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