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JRL calls for shutdown tomorrow, protests after Friday prayers.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik strongly condemned the killing of Anantnag district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Mir Hafizullah and called for a complete shutdown on November 22 (Thursday) and protests on November 23 after congregational Friday prayers, against the “barbaric act.”

In a statement, a JRL spokesman said: “JRL has announced a day-long complete shutdown against this barbarism, and inhuman act, on Thursday (22 November 2018) and peaceful protests after Friday prayers on (23 November) to show solidarity with the movement and martyrs who laid down their lives to end this age-old slavery.”

“JRL expresses grief and strongly condemns this cowardly and barbaric action by government agencies,” the statement said, adding that “Indian rulers through their local supporters have always played the role of eliminating political activists who raise their voice against this unholy and unjustified forced control.”

Mir Hafizullah was a highly educated, sensible and visionary pro-freedom leader and his sincerity, dedication and sacrifices have earned him a distinguished place and status in the state’s political circles, especially southern Kashmir, the statement read.

“In every mass uprising, particularly in 2016, he played a pivotal and central role for about five months to sustain that movement and gave a very tough time to the government forces and finally they trapped him in a deceitful manner,” the JRL said.

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