Pro-freedom camp calls for protests today

Srinagar: Calling for protests on Friday, various pro-freedom groups Thursday strongly condemned the slapping of sedition charge against Kashmiri students and their expulsion from a university in Uttar Pradesh.
Syed Ali Geelani, who heads a faction of the Hurriyat Conference, said the sedition charge against Kashmir students was “unacceptable” and called  for peaceful protests in colleges and universities on Friday
“If expressing inner sentiments  is sedition, then India should book every Kashmiri because we don’t accept the Indian occupation.”
Geelani also appealed “influential people of the state to find some alternatives for the students of Jammu and Kashmir regarding their studies, so that our young generation does not need to go out of the state( for studies.”
Geelani appealed students to hold peaceful protest demonstrations  in colleges and universities  of the state on Friday .
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, while condemning the
sedition charge against Kashmiri students said Kashmiris will not allow  anybody  to “ play with the future of our youngsters.”
In a statement, Malik said that the pro Independence group will hold a rally and sit-in protest at Lal Chowk  on Friday.
“The oppressive measures against Kashmir students including sedition charge against them is a reflection of India’s animosity towards the people of Jammu Kashmir,” Malik said.
Dukhteran-e-Miilat chairperson Asiya Andrabi  also called for protests across Kashmir after Friday prayers and  said the expulsion of Kashmiri students and sedition charge against them should serve as an “eye-opener” to everyone.
“Once again, it is clear that the future of Kashmiri Muslims is unsafe with India  and that despite its seven-lakh strong army in Jammu and Kashmir India has failed to suppress the sentiments of Kashmiris,” Asiya said in a statement .
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq  termed the sedition charge against Kashmiri students as “ height of intolerance” and a  decision “taken in an utter frustration.”

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