Friday shutdown called off for Shivratri

Friday shutdown called off for Shivratri

Srinagar: The united pro-freedom leadership has cancelled its call for a shutdown on Friday, 24, due to Shivratri celebrations, a party spokesperson said here on Monday.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference spokesperson Shahid-ul-Islam while confirming the decision said they have called off the strike in view of the Hindu festival.
Ayaz Akbar, the spokesperson of another faction of Hurriyat, Hurriyat Conference (G), told Kashmir Reader they were “unaware” about Shivaratri falling on the same day.
“While issuing the resistance programme we did not notice the commencing festival. Later, members from Pandit community invited our attention to it. After consultations, the resistance leadership called off the proposed strike on Friday,” the Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added, “We have exemplary tradition of mutual brotherhood and since ages we are living in harmony.”
The joint resistance leadership, comprising of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chaired by Yasin Malik and both factions of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani, had called for a shutdown with “no relaxation” and peaceful protests after Friday congregational prayers.

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