Geelani, Shah call for shutdown on July 13

Srinagar: While paying tributes to the martyrs of 1931, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday appealed people to observe complete shutdown on July 13. He said that the mission of the martyrs of 1931 is still incomplete and the present “freedom struggle” of Kashmir is part of that.
Geelani said the movement of 1931 was not only a revolt against the oppressive rule but it was a struggle started against the anti-Islamic attitude of the rulers of that time and it was a pure religious movement which was backed by the inner faith of the Muslims.
Geelani said that in 1938 the Kashmiri nation was first time deceived by its leadership of that time when he converted Muslim Conference into National Conference and the process of deceiving continued.
“In 1947 when the sub-continent got divided on the bases of two nation theory and two nations India and Pakistan came in to existence, the narrow minded leadership of Kashmir played an important role in gifting the Kashmir to India which was contrary to the principles of the partition and supported the accession theory which was totally against the wishes and aspirations of the people of this region”, Geelani said in a statement.
Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir leader and Democratic Freedom Party chairman , Shabir Ahmad Shah while paying tributes to the martyrs of July 13 also asked people to observe shutdown on that day.
In a statement, Shah said, “It is due to the sacrifices of these martyrs that today freedom movement has gained momentum. More than five lakh people have laid their lives for keeping the mission of these martyrs alive.”
He appealed people to observe complete shutdown on July 13 and boycott the upcoming Assembly elections.