Geelani Calls For Shutdown on Feb 9, 11

SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani, on Tuesday called for complete and state-wide shutdown on 9th and 11th February.

In a statement  Geelani called for march towards UNO office on February 10 and appealed people to “hold special prayers on these days as a tribute toShaheed Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru” who were executed on these days, respectively.

While reiterating his demand for the return of the mortal remains of Bhat and Guru who were buried in the Tihar Jail premises, Geelani said, “although it is purely a human issue, India is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all principles of morality and constitution and in this way its claim of a largest democracy in the world is getting badly uncovered.”

Calling Bhat and Guru as ‘the heroes of the Kashmiri nation’, Geelani said, “we are proud of them.”

“Kashmiri nation is resisting the forced and illegal occupation of India from last 70 years and during this period, lakhs of valiant and brave people have sacrificed their precious lives for this cause but Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru are two separate cases among these who were detained, executed and buried in the same jail and in same month,” he said.

Geelani said, “Shaheed Maqbool Bhat has a special status in the freedom struggle of Kashmir and if he can be termed as the first solider of the struggle then Guru latter became a new milestone of the freedom struggle by setting a new trend.”

Referring to last letter written by Guru, Geelani said, “it clearly depicts that he was an ideological person and his emotions were having the backing of faith, intellect and conscience.”

“The best way of paying tributes to Bhat and Guru,” the Hurriyat patriarch said, “is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil who had sacrificed their present for the future of the nation.”

While appealing for complete shutdown on 9 and 11 February, march to UNO office on February 10 and organizing “special prayers”, Geelani said, “until the mortal remains of both the martyrs are not returned to their families, the whole nation will not budge on this demand.”

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