JKLF for shutdown, protests on Friday

Srinagar, Feb 18: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has called for shutdown and protests on February 22, Friday, against the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, killings and arrests in the state.
“We call for daylong shutdown and protests on Friday against the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru and continued denial of Indian authorities to hand over his body to Kashmiris for a proper burial at Martyrs Graveyard Eid Gah here, killing of four innocent Kashmiris at Watrgam, Batwani and Kulgam and injuring and arresting hundreds of people throughout Kashmir, Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Banihal, Rajouri, Poonch and many other parts of Jammu Kashmir,” a Front spokesman said in a statement.
The Front emphasized on the need for unity among separatists. “Our resistance movement is facing new challenges as the wrath of Indian State’s tyranny has increased. Today we face new State oppression and in view of these new challenges and requirements we need to collectively carry forward the resistance movement,” said the spokesman, adding that JKLF has remained and would always remain in the forefront for unity.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Front led by its acting chairman Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt visited the residence of Muhammad Afzal Guru at Doabgah Seer, Sopore, and expressed solidarity with the family.
Speaking on the occasion, Butt termed the hanging of Afzal as “a political decision taken by Indian leadership for the lust of power”. “This is actually the murder of justice and Kashmiris will never forget the sacrifice by their hero Muhammad Afzal Guru. The father of Kashmiri nation Muhammad Maqbool Bhat was also sent to gallows and his body was also buried in the same jail. Kashmiris will continue their struggle and protest for getting the mortal remains of their heroes back so that they are buried with religious and national honor and dignity at Mazar-e-Shuhada Eidgah,” he said.
Condemning the continued arrest of leaders including Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, Butt said that throughout Jammu & Kashmir hundreds of youth have been arrested and many houses are being raided daily.
Butt condemned the ‘raids’ on the house of militant commander Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar in Jamia Masjid area here.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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