Separatists call for march to Shopian on Feb 2

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/1/2018 2:08:13 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 31: The separatist leadership of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik today called for a march to Shopian on February 2 to show solidarity with the families of three civilians killed in army firing at Ganowpora village on Saturday.
The call for the march was given by JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik during a protest against civilian killings in Kashmir at Jamia Masjid here today. Police had placed two other senior leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.
Geelani and Mirwaiz addressed the protestors over phone.
Geelani, in his address to the sit-in, said that entire Kashmir has been turned into a police state as there is no end to innocent killings as state terrorism is on display as seen in the recent killings at Shopian where three innocent youth were murdered by the army.
Mirwaiz said Kashmir has been converted into a police state and military might is on full display, resistance leadership is not even allowed to raise their voice peacefully against the massacres of Kashmiri youth.
In his address, Malik, while condemning the ‘worst form of state terrorism’, said there is no denying to the fact that entire Kashmir has been converted into a killing field by the security forces where each passing day, the fear of getting killed looms large over every Kashmiri citizen.
He said that in the biting cold, people irrespective of their age are being asked to come out of their houses and to remain standing outside for hours.
Malik said that whether the pro-India people remain in power or outside power, they have acted like mute spectators whenever innocent Kashmiris were killed.
Malik announced on behalf of joint separatist leadership that on February 2 the leadership will march towards Shopian to express their solidarity and sympathy with the families of slain youth. He said that on this day (February 2), congregational Friday prayers will be collectively offered at the Jamia Masjid Shopian after which a protest sit-in will be held at Shopian Chowk.
He urged the people to reach the venue as well.



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