Geelani calls for shutdown today

Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has called for a shutdown on Thursday to mourn the death of seven civilians in an accident on the outskirts of Srinagar.
Geelani in statement expressed sorrow and anguish over the loss of lives in the incident and said that army vehicles “violate traffic rules and thereby cause accidents.”
Pain exploited: Omar
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the accident in Srinagar has been “exploited by pro-freedom leaders.”
“Only in Kashmir can a tragic accident be exploited by ordering a 2-day shutdown & protests after Friday prayers. Height of exploiting pain,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.
The Chief Minister said the mishap was “not a deliberate act by the army but was an accident.”
“The accident happened with an army truck but it was an accident, not a deliberate action. I hope better sense & cooler heads prevail,” he added.

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