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Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown today

Srinagar, Mar 7: Joint Hurriyat leadership called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir on Friday against the arrest spree, ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and slapping of Public Safety Act (PSA) on JKLF chief Yasin Malik.
“Arbitrary arrest and detention of senior resistance leader and chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik and many others under draconian PSA and shifting of Yasin Sahib to Kot-balwal jail Jammu is most condemnable act of the so-called rulers,” said the Joint Hurriyat in a statement on Thursday.
“This spree of arrests, ban on Jamaat-I-Islami and attempts to tinker with hereditary state subject law under the pretext of 35 A deserves our stiff protest and resistance and people of Kashmir besides holding peaceful protests after Friday prayers will also observe a complete and comprehensive shutdown tomorrow on 8th March 2019,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, authorities in Srinagar have decided to impose restrictions in the parts of summer capital on Friday even as Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been placed under house arrest.
Hurriyat (M) said Mirwaiz was informed that he can’t move out of his Nigeen residence as he has been placed under house detention.
Sources said that restrictions under section 144 will remain in place in areas falling under the jurisdiction of police station Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta and Rainawari in downtown and also in Maisuma area of uptown Srinagar.