Kashmir Valley witnesses shutdown on Afzal Guru death anniversary

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Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown on February 9 and 11 to commemorate the hanging anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat respectively.

In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), today, organized a function at Doabgah in Sopore, the ancestral home of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru to express solidarity with the family and to remember Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt on their martyrdom anniversaries. He said, "Indian government not only hanged Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru in Tihar jail but also denied them a proper burial by burying them inside the jail premises".

Muzaffarabad-based umbrella of militant groups called the United Jihad Council (UJC) headed by Syed Sallauddin supported the protest shutdown.

After finding the strong evidence against the Afzal Guru & Maqbool Bhat, the Supreme Court announced the death sentence to both of them in August 2005 after which Maqbool Bhat, who was the founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) hanged on 11 Feb 1984 in Tihar Jail and later on 9 Feb 2013 Afzal Guru was also hanged. However, scarce movement of private vehicles was witnessed in uptown areas.

Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq continue to remain under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik is lodged in the Central Jail.

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According to reports large number of contingent of police and paramilitary forces were deployment across town to avert any law and order problem.

ISLAMABAD:Illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, in Indian occupied Kashmir, has said that gallows, life imprisonments, curfews and arrests can not break the will of the Kashmiri people and their sentiment for freedom.

A protest rally was also taken out there in which Hurriyat activists shouted slogans.

However normal life including business life remained affected in parts of Northern region of Kashmir on Friday on Hurriyat call.

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