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Separatists call for Shopian March on Friday

Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq Wednesday called for “Shopian Chalo” on Friday to express solidarity with the families of three youth killed in army firing there.

The announcement was made during a joint protest held by traders and separatists at historic Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area of old city here today against the killing of three youth at the hands of government forces in Gonawpora Shopian on Saturday last.

Carrying banners and placards which read “Down with state terrorism” and “Arrest killers of Shopian massacre”, dozens of traders and activists of several separatist groups amid pro-freedom slogans took out a rally from Jama Masjid to Nowhatta Chowk to protest killing of youth by army in Shopian.

Hurriyat-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani while addressing protesters telephonically termed the killing of three youth by army as “barbaric” and appealed the people to march towards Shopian on Friday to express solidarity with their bereaved families.

“Lives of the people of Kashmir have been made miserable. It’s unfortunate that our youth are being targeted for none of their fault. Two of our youth were already murdered by army in Shopian while other, who was injured, succumbed at SKIMS this morning,” said Geelani, who continues to be under house detention.

Geelani also appealed for peaceful protests after Friday prayers against the “barbaric approach adopted by the Indian armed forces against people of Kashmir”.

Talking to reporters, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said “Indian forces have unleashed a reign of terror from north to south Kashmir.

“From north to south no village — be it Pulwama, Shopian Kulgam, Tral or Islamabad, was spared from being targeted by government forces. Two sisters and a twelve-year-old kid are on ventilator at SKIMS while three youth were killed during protests recently,” Malik added.

He said that the government forces “after killing innocent civilians celebrate their deaths with so-called legislators maintaining criminal silence”.

“It seems these forces from Bihar, Punjab, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have lost humanity while the so-called legislators after passing draconian laws like AFSPA allowed them to rule the roost in Kashmir. One who is an illegal occupant asks for owner to show his identity,” Malik added.

He asked all the MLAs including those from the ruling party, opposition and independents to show some concern for their people and “take back the unbridled rights given to forces”.

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