Kashmir shut down on Afzal Guru’s martyrdom anniversary
Srinagar (Web Desk) Complete shutdown is being observed on Friday to mark the fifth martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru.
The call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Attendance in government offices, banks and other offices also remained thin, while curfew-like restrictions have been clamped in different areas.
Meanwhile, the President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Muhammad Sultan Magray, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar, has appreciated Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, for raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations and urging the UN Security Council to implement its relevant resolutions on Kashmir .
The authorities have also imposed restrictions in Srinagar and some areas of north Kashmir including Sopore, the native area of Muhammad Afzal Guru, to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations while train service between Baramulla town of the Kashmir Valley and Banihal town in the Jammu region has been suspended.
The leadership demands that the remains of Guru and another renowned Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, be returned from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail for a proper burial.
Guru was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 while Butt was hanged in the same jail on February 11, 1984. The bodies of the two martyrs remain buried in the jail.