Kashmir shuts to protest blasphemous caricatures

Kashmir shuts to protest blasphemous caricatures

Muttahida Ullema Ahle Sunnat (MUAS) had called for complete shutdown on January 23 against the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Normal life remained paralysed across Kashmir valley on Friday due to restrictions imposed by authorities and a strike called by various religious and secessionist groups to protest controversial caricatures of Islamic Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by various media houses.

Muttahida Ullema Ahle Sunnat (MUAS) had called for complete shutdown on January 23 against the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Various pro-freedom and trade organizations had supported the strike call. MUAS has urged Muslims of the Valley to hold peaceful rallies and processions, starting from local Masjids after congregrational Friday prayers.

Private and public transport remained off the roads while government and private offices witnessed a thin attendance.

Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength in Maisuma and adjacent areas to thwart any protest marches.

Rolls of concertina wire were installed at various intersections in the city and pedestrians were frisked by the forces.