Bhat, Guru Anniversary Geelani, Malik, Shah call for shutdown on Feb 9/11

Bhat, Guru Anniversary Geelani, Malik, Shah call for shutdown on Feb 9/11

Bhat was hanged on February 11, 1984 while as the parliament attack convict, Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013.

Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Hurriyat (JK) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah have called for complete and state-wide shutdowns on February 9 and 11 to mark the anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat.

Bhat was hanged on February 11, 1984 while as the parliament attack convict, Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013. Both Bhat and Guru were buried in Tihar jail after their death and the Kashmiri separatists are demanding for their mortal remains.

Paying rich tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru on their anniversaries, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday called for statewide shutdown on February 9 and February 11, and demanded the return of their mortal remains. 

“Both these martyrs are the heroes of Kashmiri nation and we are proud of them,” Geelani said, in a statement today from Delhi, appealing the people to hold special prayers on February 9 and 11, for these two great martyrs.  

Reiterating his demand for the return of the mortal remains of Bhat and Guru who are buried in the Tihar Jail premises, Geelani said, “Although it is purely a human issue but New Delhi is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of morality and constitution.”

Meanwhile, Geelani has thanked the people and the government of Pakistan for observing Kashmir Solidarity Day. In his message from Delhi, Geelani also thanked the National Assembly of Pakistan for unanimously passing a resolution, supporting the Kashmiris’ movement. He appealed to the Imams and religious scholars of Kashmir to offer special prayers on Friday for peace, stability and progress of Pakistan and thank the government and the people of the country for extending moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people.

JKLF has also called for protests on February 11 to press for their demand.

"JKLF will organize a protest march towards United Nations observer’s office Sonawar on February 11 and a memorandum will be handed over to UN office appealing UN Secretary General to impress upon India to handover the mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru," a JKLF spokesman said in a statement.

The spokesman said protest marches and sit-ins would be held across the major cities of the world.

"JKLF leaders and activists will hold protests in Islamabad Pakistan, Lahore, and Karachi on February 15, a protest public meeting will be held at press club at Islamabad in Pakistan.Protests would also be held in the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, Europe, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other parts of Middle East," the spokesman added.

He said the London branch of JKLF will hold a protest outside Indian High Commission on these days.

"A petition signed by 60 MPs will be handed over to the High Commission asking for the return of mortal remains of Bhat. This petition will also be handed over to British Prime Minister’s office at 10 Downing Street," he said.

Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) chief Shabir Shah has also called for a complete shutdown to mark the anniversaries of Bhat and Guru.