Gilani announces complete strike in IHK on Feb 20 and 21

Gilani announces complete strike in IHK on Feb 20 and 21


Srinagar, February 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): Veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has announced a two-day complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir on Wednesday and Thursday with mass protests on Friday to demand handover of martyr, Muhammad Afzal Guru’s body from India.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued from New Delhi said that Afzal Guru’s sacrifice was “a favour to the Kashmiris, which needs to be returned by seeking his body back so that he is buried as per Islamic rites.” The veteran leader condemned the Government of India and occupation authorities’ attitude on the Afzal issue.

“He was hanged without having a last meeting with his family. He did not get a fair trial. His family was not informed about his hanging,” he said terming it a “grave injustice and height of human rights violations.” “We can’t tolerate incidents like Guru’s hanging. In present circumstances, we have no alternative other than to call for strikes,” he added.

Urging people of Kashmir to show a united face at this juncture, Syed Ali Gilani said, “There will be no strike on February 19 but asked people to come out of their houses after Maghrib (evening) prayers and stage peaceful protests.

“On the evening of February 20, people should hold torch procession after Maghrib (evening) prayers and on February 21 evening, people should offer special prayers, recite Qur’an and pray for Afzal Guru,” he said. He, however, said people should stick to one-point agenda during the protests “return Guru’s body.”

Syed Ali Gilani appreciated the efforts of High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir for seeking Guru’s body from Tihar Jail. The statement also stated that Delhi Police sleuths had seized the mobiles of the veteran leader and his wife, terming it as “a grave human rights violation.”

Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front in a meeting presided over by acting Chairman Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt also called for the strike on Friday against the judicial murder of Mohammad Afzal Guru and denial of his body to the Kashmiris.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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