Geelani Amends Program, Asks People to Assemble at Local Martyrs’ Graveyards

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SRINAGAR:  Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Syed Ali Geelani Thursday revised his programme for Friday and asked people to visit martyr’s graveyards at the respective places to offer Fateha to Guru and other martyrs. 

“People should assemble in the Mazar-e-Shohada at their respective places to offer tributes and fateha to the martyrs apart from offering funeral prayers in absentia for Afzal Guru after Friday prayers”, Geelani said in a telephonic interview with KNS.

Earlier Geelani had called for a march to Srinagar’s Eidgah Martyrs Cemetery for prayers in absentia and demonstration to demand return of bodies of Guru and slain Kashmiri nationalist leader Maqbool Bhat.

Geelani however reiterated his resolve to intensify efforts to get back the mortal remains of martyrs from the Government of India.

He said the conviction and hanging of Guru was bereft of legal sentiment. “The family should have been allowed to meet before Guru was hanged. To add salt to the wounds, the body is not being handed over either”, Geelani added.

He demanded handing over of the body of Guru and the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat to Kashmiris at the earliest.

On speculations by the media that the separatist leadership was in touch for coming together and forge unity, the Hurriyat (G) Chairman said the issue has not been discussed yet. He said the issue would be discussed after they return to Srinagar.

Meanwhile criticising the role of National Conference, the Hurriyat G said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had played role in execution of Afzal Guru similar to his father Dr. Farooq Abdullah played in the hanging of Maqbool Bhat.

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