Srinagar, February 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed, tomorrow, to mark the fifth martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru. Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The JRL has also called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers, tomorrow, to press the demand for the return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and renowned Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to occupied Kashmir for decent burial. India had hanged Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 9th February, 2013 and Muhammad Maqbool Butt in the same jail on 11th February, 1984, for their role in Kashmir freedom movement. Their bodies remain buried in the premises of the jail.
The puppet authorities have put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Bilal Siddiqi, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Umar Aadil Dar under house arrest or in detention to prevent them from leading anti-India demonstrations, tomorrow.
Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Bilal Siddiqi, Farida Bahenji, Musaddiq Aadil, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Ghulam Nabi War, Zafar Akbar Butt, Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Shari Shian and Jammu and Kashmir National Front in their statements paid glowing tributes to Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt on the eve of their martyrdom anniversaries.
They said that the Kashmiri people would not allow the sacrifices of their martyrs go waste and would accomplish their mission at all costs. Hurriyat leaders including Javaid Ahmed Mir have launched signature campaigns demanding the return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt to their families so that they could be accorded proper burial.
Meanwhile, senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that historically Jammu and Kashmir had never remained part of India and New Delhi had illegally occupied it in 1947 against the will of the Kashmiri people. He thanked the government and people of Pakistan for their continued diplomatic, moral and political support to the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination.
Complete shutdown, marked by demonstrations, was observed in Batpora area of Shopian, today, against the arrest of youth by Indian police during raids last night. A youth was injured after the police personnel used brute force and fired pellets on protesters in the area.
The President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Muhammad Sultan Magray, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar hailed Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, for urging the UN Security Council to implement its relevant resolutions on Kashmir. Maleeha Lodhi speaking in the debate on the Working Methods of the Security Council had said that the Council should periodically review the implementation of its resolutions, especially on longstanding issues like the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
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