APHC calls for complete strike on Saturday to mark martyrdom anniversaries of Molvi Farooq, Khawaja Lone

Srinagar, May 17 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference have appealed to the freedom loving people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir to observe complete shutdown on Saturday, May 21, to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent liberation leaders Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdujl Ghani Lone as well as the martyrs of Hawal.

The observance of the shutdown is also aimed at protesting against the illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists lodged in different jails of IIOJK and India and to pay homage to their dedication and commitment to the ongoing freedom movement.

The APHC leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that protest rallies would be organised on that day against the genocide of the Kashmiris by the Indian forces in the territory.

The APHC leadership denounced the atmosphere of repression, coercion and intimidation created by Indian troops and continued detention of Hurriyat leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. It deplored that anyone who raises voice against the Indian brutalities is detained and put in jails under draconian laws like Public Safety Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The leadership urged people to defy restrictions and commemorate the Martyrs’ Week by organising programmes, rallies and congregational Fateha prayers at the mass level for popular martyred leaders. A Majlis-e-Quran khawani will be organised at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal on Thursday for Molvi Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and the martyrs of Hawal.

On 21st May, Saturday, people would visit the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eid Gah in Srinagar to offer Fateh for all the Kashmiri martyrs. The APHC asked the Imams and Khateebs to remember the martyrs in their five-time daily prayers in mosques.

Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on 21st May in 1990. On the same day, seventy mourners were killed when Indian troops opened indiscriminate fire on his funeral procession in Hawal area of Srinagar. On May 21 in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was martyred by unknown attackers, when he was returning from addressing a gathering at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Srinagar.