JKLF to hold hunger strike against lifers

‘Observe Strike Today’

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 9: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) would organize hunger strike and torch light protest march on Monday at Maisuma here against the TADA court awarding life sentence to two of its men Showkat Ahmed and Nazir Ahmed Sheikh.
 “Nearly 22-year old cases are being opened afresh and during last two years dozens of Kashmiris have been awarded life imprisonment. As a part of the protest programme against New Delhi’s new policy of reopening old cases we urge people to observe complete shutdown on Monday,” a JKLF spokesman said in a statement.
 Pertinently militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, High Court Bar Association, Hurriyat (G), Mahaz-e-Azadi, Dukhtarn-e-Millat and others have supported the strike call given by the JKLF.
 The JKLF spokesman said that a hunger strike would be organized outside the party headquarters at Maisuma and it would be followed by torchlight march. “Hunger strike will be from 10 am to
 5 pm in the evening, after that a torchlight march will be organized in the evening in which all JKLF leaders, activists and members of civil society and public will participate,” he added.
 In addition to Kashmir, JKLF members would hold a protest demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in London, Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK).
 Pertinently, On December 3, 2012, a court in Jammu awarded life sentences to two Kashmiris Nazir Ahmed Sheikh and Showkat Ahmed, the duo has spent nearly 15 years in jails without trial after being arrested in 1990s. They were released on bail over 7 years ago but were rearrested recently. Two weeks ago Muslim League ChairmanDr Qasim Faktoo was sentenced to life imprisonment under similar circumstance.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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