Geelani Issues 10-day Protest Program2 September 2010
Srinagar: Two days after threatening to intensify the ongoing agitation, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday announced another 10-day protest program, urging people to observe the Eid-ul-Fitr with utmost austerity in view of the killings of 65 youth during the past three months. The calendar includes shutdowns, sit-ins, UN chalo and a relaxation of four days-this Sunday and next Thursday, Friday and Saturday – in connection with upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Elaborating on his call for celebrating Eid with austerity, Geelani, who is spearheading the ongoing ‘Quit Jammu and Kashmir Movement,’ said since June 11 the world has seen how 65 teenagers and youth across the Valley have been killed with impunity by troopers and policemen for, what he said, quelling the just movement for right to self-determination. “Even innocent teenagers playing carom were sprayed with bullets. Over 1500 youth and many pro-freedom leaders protesting over the killings have been kept behind bars. Children and women continue to face inhuman treatment. Every house in Kashmir is in a state of mourning. Kashmiris are facing worst form of oppression. In these circumstances, how can we celebrate Eid with fanfare? We have to show that we are an oppressed nation. Celebrations and sorrows can’t go together,” Geelani told Greater Kashmir. On Tuesday, Geelani threatened to intensify the ongoing agitation if New Delhi did not accept his five “minimum” conditions including release of youth and pro-freedom leaders for reviewing the ongoing protests. Geelani said the ongoing movement has reached an important phase and people must continue to extend support to the cause. “I salute the courage and resilience of Kashmiris who have been rendering unflinching sacrifices for the ongoing agitation. Even if India uses all its military might, we will not let the blood of martyrs go waste. Let us take a pledge on this Eid that we will not rest unless we achieve freedom,” he said. As per the Hurriyat (G)’s previous calendar, there will be no strike on Friday, September 3 but complete shutdown on Saturday, September 4. According to the conglomerate’s new calendar, there will be no strike on Sunday, September 5, on eve of Shab-e-Qadr. The conglomerate has called for complete shutdown from Monday, September 6, to Wednesday, September 8. “On these three days, people should stage protests and offer prayers on roads from Fajr to Asar prayers. Wednesday will be observed as Youm-e-Asiran (Prisoners Day) and special prayers should be held for release of Kashmiris languishing in various jails. On this day, people should express solidarity with the families of the detainees,” it said. The conglomerate said there will be relaxation for three days in the strike from Thursday, September 9, to Saturday, September 11, on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. “However as a mark of respect to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the ongoing movement during the past over two months, the Eid should be celebrated with austerity. After Eid prayers people should stage peaceful protests,” it said. On Sunday, September 12, there will be complete shutdown. On this day, people have been asked to stage protests on roads from Fajr to Asar prayers. The conglomerate has called for a complete shutdown and Sonawar Chalo on Monday, September 13. “On this day people should march to the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan here and submit a memorandum for the UN Secretary General on the unabated killings in the Valley,” it said. On Tuesday, September 14, there will be shutdown till 4 pm and people have been asked to stage protests on roads after Zuhr and Asar prayers. There will be again a shutdown on Wednesday, September 15, and protests after prayers. The Imams have been urged to recite Qunoot-e-Nazila after every prayer.