Separatists Extend Shutdown Call


SRINAGAR: The separatist leadership Saturday has jointly called for observing a complete shutdown on July 10 (Sunday) and July 11 (Monday) to protest civilian killings and the “naked aggression which has been unleashed by the state authorities”.

The leadership urged people to reach to their respective Masjids peacefully and raise slogans in protest of these killings by using the loudspeakers and public address systems.

Stressing that “sacrifices, martyrdoms, detentions and tortures were part and parcel of the resistance movements”, the resistance leadership said, “Kashmir’s resistance struggle is for a just cause and people should show all the more involvement and consistency in these difficult times.”

Expressing faith that the “blood of martyrs would not go waste”, they said, “people of Kashmir specially the youth were offering selfless sacrifices for the just and a noble cause of freedom.”

The leadership also condemned the imposition of curfew in Srinagar and other districts of Kashmir valley, disallowing funeral prayers in absentia at Jamia Masjid, “barbarism unleashed on peaceful protesters with indiscriminate firing by government forces”. “The state government was not even allowing people to grieve over the martyrdom of their loved ones or participate in their funeral prayers by using excessive force, anti-democratic and dictatorial tactics to break their resolve, which should serve as an eye opener for the international community and the emancipated world.”

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik continue to be either under house arrest or detention while dozens of senior leaders and activists of Hurriyat and JKLF have also been arrested or detained including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Adv Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Javid Ahmed Mir, Ayaz Akbar, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and many others.

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