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Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Friday in Sopore, Zainageer

Srinagar: Joint Hurriyat comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, has appealed to the people of Sopore and Zainageer to “observe a complete shutdown on September 14, Friday to protest against the killing of Hurriyat activist Hakeem-ur-Rehman Sultani of Bomai Sopore.

Joint Hurriyat in a statement said “the decision was taken after taking a keen account of the report submitted by the nominated committee.”

“The public revelations alleged that the invisible hand of Indian agencies in the gruesome killing can’t be ruled out,” they said.

According to a statement, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik met at Hyderpora Srinagar and the meeting expressed its grave concern on the revival of “custodial as well as the mysterious killings in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Citing the case of killing of Ashfaq Ahmad Wani at Naseem Bagh Srinagar and Hakeem-ur-Rehman at Bomai Sopore, the JRL blamed “Indian fascist regime for designing conspiracies to drive a wedge in unwavering unity of the people of Kashmir displayed to foil the nefarious designs to change the demography and state subject law, in addition, to thrust any sham elections on the people of the state”.

“The Joint Hurriyat going through the said report and inputs received from different public sources arrived at the conclusion that the positive and exemplary role played by the Hakeem-ur-Rehman for the last one decade or so while remaining very close to the public, has acted as an irritant for the Indian agencies.”

“ He was fired upon his leg by the Police Task Force, jailed under public safety act and threatened of dire consequences for his inflamed oratory, philanthropic dreams and aspirations, noble character and an unwavering commitment for the ongoing movement for right to self-determination,” they said.

The JRL while appreciating the “positive role and noble contributions” of Hakeem-ur-Rehman, said, “We cannot, in any way forget the precious sacrifices of our martyrs.”

Paying rich tributes to Hakeem-ur-Rehman, Ishfaq Ahmad Wani and others, the Joint Hurriyat pledged “to lead the movement to its logical conclusion.”