21 Hartals In 2012

SRINAGAR: Kashmir witnessed 21 days of hartal this year, out of which twelve were called by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and the rest jointly or separately by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and traders’ unions.

The strikes included shutdowns on January 26 and August 15, and one marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 2010 agitation with the killing of young Tufail Mattoo on June 11.

June also witnessed the longest closure of five days after the destruction of the Hazrat Dastgeer Sahib shrine in old Srinagar on June 25.

Kashmir also shutdown on September 18 over an anti-Islam film by a US-based film-maker, and on September 27 on the arrival of the president of India in Srinagar.   

Life was badly disrupted on October 12 due to a strike called by traders against a government cap on subsidized gas cylinders, and then again on November 19 over the life sentence awarded to detained separatist leader Dr. Muhammad Qasim Faktoo.

The most recent shutdown was called by the JKLF on December 10 over life terms pronounced against two of its members.

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