Strike in IIOJK on Saturday on martyred leaders’ anniversaries

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The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has appealed to the freedom loving people of Kashmir to observe complete shutdown on Saturday, May 21, to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent liberation leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal.

The observance of the shutdown is also aimed at protesting against the illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists lodged in different jails of IIOJK and India and to pay tribute to their dedication and commitment to the ongoing freedom movement.

The APHC leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar, Wednesday , said that protest rallies would be organised on that day against the genocide of the Kashmiris by the Indian forces in the territory.

The leadership urged the people to defy restrictions and commemorate the Martyrs’ Week by organising programmes, rallies and congregational Fateha prayers at the mass level for popular martyred leaders.

On 21st May, Saturday, people would visit the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar to offer Fateha for all the Kashmiri martyrs.

The APHC asked the Imams and Khateebs to remember the martyrs in their five-time daily prayers in mosques.

Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on 21st May in 1990.

On the same day, seventy mourners were killed when Indian troops opened indiscriminate fire on his funeral procession in Hawal area of Srinagar.

Ten years later on May 21 in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, was martyred by unknown attackers, when he was returning from addressing a gathering at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Srinagar.