ANANTNAG: Complete shutdown was observed in principal south Kashmir town of Anantnag (Islamabad) on Friday to commemorate the 21st death anniversary of prominent religious scholar Dr Qazi Nisar Ahmad.
The call for shutdown was given by Ummat-i-Islamia head and son of the slain leader Mirwaiz South Kashmir Qazi Yasir and it was supported by Hurriyat Conference JK chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah.
Pertinently, unidentified gunmen in Dialgam village assassinated Qazi Nisar on June 19, 1994. Qazi had joined Muslim United Front (MUF), an amalgam of socio political organizations, which took part in the rigged 1987 elections during which he became popular for his fiery speeches.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed while the attendance in schools was thin. Thin movement of traffic was observed on the roads.
A march led by Qazi Yasir was taken out from Idara Tehqeeqat to Deyalgam (the spot where body of the Qazi Nisar was found 20 years ago) where rich tributes were paid to Qazi Nisar. Amid pro-freedom slogans the people returned back to Idara Tehqeeqat in Lal Chowk Islamabad where Qazi Yasir and others throw light on the life and achievements of Qazi Nisar.
Stray incidents of stone-pelting were reported from Mattan Chowk. Large contingent of police and Para-military troopers had been deployed to maintain law and order in the town.
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