December 2016 News

Hurriyat Reduces Protest Calendar To 2 Days

14 December 2016
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: In a major relief, the separatists have called for just two days strike in a week during the second fortnight of December. This is for the first time since July 9, there will be strike for just two days on every Friday and Saturday in a week, a fresh protest calendar issued by the separatists this evening said. Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since July 9, in their previous calendar, had given relaxation in strike for three days. In the previous three calendars, they had given relaxation only during weekends. However, for the first time, there will be relaxation for five days from Sunday, the calendar said, adding that there will be no relaxation on Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, today and tomorrow there will be relaxation in strike from 1600 hrs to 0800 hrs the next day. Killing of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani on July 8 was followed by massive protests across the Valley, during which over 91 people, mostly youth, were killed and several thousands were wounded in security force and police actions. Meanwhile, business and other activities remained crippled since July 9 in violence hit Kashmir valley, where traffic was also off the roads. However, traffic movement on roads has witnessed drastic improvement in the last over two weeks. The educational institutions have been functioning only during relaxation days in the valley. However, the Jammu and Kashmir Government announced winter vacations from primary to class 8th from December 19 and for High and Higher secondary classes from December 24 in the Kashmir Valley, which is reeling under cold weather conditions. Earlier, there were speculations that the Government would not announce any winter vacation in the Valley, where all educational institutions remained closed since July 9. Meanwhile, the winter vacations for all educational institutes, including government and private schools, will end on February 28, 2017.