SRINAGAR: Complete shutdown will be observed, tomorrow, to mark the fifth death anniversary of Kashmiri youth, 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 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.
It has also given a call for complete shutdown on Sunday (February 11) on the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and a march towards the United Nations observers’ office at Sonwar in Srinagar to present a memorandum for the UN Secretary General demanding for the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru.
India had executed Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 9th February in 2013 while Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in the same jail on 11th February in 1984. The bodies of the two martyrs remain buried in the premises of the jail.
The authorities have put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and others under house arrest or in detention to prevent them from participating in the programmes announced in connection with the martyrdom anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt.