Geelani Extends Strike By 2 Days

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SRINAGAR: The chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has extended the shutdown over the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru by two more days, saying that the return of the mortal remains of Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat were his “single point demand.”

“There will be complete shutdown on February 16 and 17, but there will be not hartal on Monday,” Geelani said on phone from Delhi, adding that he would announce his future programme later.

Geelani condemned the imposition of curfew in Kashmir and what he termed as the government’s harsh measures to sabotage his call for ghaibana namaz-e-jenaza (funeral prayers in absentia) for Guru at Eidgah today where, he had said, Kashmiris would voice their demand for the return of the mortal remains of the two Kashmiris executed and buried in the Tihar Jail.

Geelani’s deputy, Muhammad Ashraf Sahrai, who is under house arrest here, said that people had come out in many places for the prayers and protests despite the government’s stringent restrictions.

“The programme was not political in nature as the return of Guru’s body is the moral and legal right of his family,” Sahrai said.

“The government of India should have no hesitation in meeting the demand of Guru’s family and the Kashmiri people,” he said.

According to Sahrai, Geelani was under house arrest in Delhi for the seventh day running and was not allowed to attend Friday prayers.

“This is an inhuman act and amounts to interference in religious affairs,” he said. 

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