Shopian Breathes Easy After 47-day Halt
16 July 2009
: Responding to the appeal of Chief Justice of State High Court, Majlis-e-Mashavrat Shopian Thursday suspended its 47-day long peaceful strike against the twin rape and murder until July 23, the next date of hearing in the State High Court. The decision was taken in a meeting which was attended by all 21 members of the MM convened early in the morning. Meanwhile, the MM has created an e-mail address to get the feedback – both positive and negative, suggestions and appreciation, if any, to carry forward the peaceful strike in Shopian. Talking to Rising Kashmir MM spokesperson Muhammad Shafi Khan said: “The strike has not been called off but suspended until next date of the hearing. We’ve also set the condition that there should be no threats from police to the youth and the sit-in protests will continue.” Khan said there peaceful protests after Friday prayers and evening protests in Masjids would continue. The spokesperson said that further program would be announced on July 23 evening. However, on July 24 there will be no strike but a protest march would be carried out after the Friday prayers. “We value what honorable Chief Justice, Justice Barin Ghosh told us. We had already promised a positive response to the appeal from him. So we suspended the strike,” the MM spokesperson said. Khan and President of MM Abdur Rashid Dalal vowed to continue the peaceful strike until culprits of the rape and murder of 17-year-old Asiya Jan and 22-year-old Neelofer Jan are punished. “Shopian was not ready to resume business and other activities but one has to respect law. People of Shopian did the same thing by respecting the appeal of the Chief Justice. We’re sure that justice will prevail and the court is giving the rape and murder incident in Shopian due legal importance which is appreciable,” Dalal said.