'No let-up in killings even in Ramadhan': Separatists call shutdown in Kashmir on Friday

Separatist leadership has called a shutdown in Kashmir on Friday against the recent killings.

“Even in the holy month of Ramadhan there is no letup in killings and bloodshed in Kashmir as civilians, armed youth or even Indian forces are getting killed,” said the JRL – an amalgam of separatist leaders – in a statement.

In one manner or the other, they said, Kashmiris continue to pay the price of the unresolved Kashmir issue as use of force against them continues unabated.

“Whether it is death of civilian Rayees Ahmed Dar of Pulwama killed during CASO or Arshad Ahmed Dar of Chanabal Pattan killed while protesting the most heinous crime of rape of a child or the killing of Nayeem Shah of Baderwah allegedly by a VDC Kashmiris continue to fall prey to the lingering issue and subsequent use of unbridled force,” said the JRL.

To protest these unfortunate killings, they said, people will observe peaceful hartal tomorrow, Friday the 17th of May. “Imams and khateebs in Friday sermons will also raise their voice against this bloodshed.”