Charlie hebdo cartoons: Amid strike, employees to protest today

Srinagar: The call for shutdown against caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad (SAW) in a French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, received support from various political and apolitical organizations amid protests in parts of Srinagar on Thursday.
Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and Employees Joint Action Committee have called for strike on Friday against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet (SAW).
Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani called publication of caricatures as “journalistic hooliganism”.
Ajaz Ahmad Khan, the president of a faction of EJAC, defended the attack on the magazine’s office, in which 12 of its staffers were gunned down by a group of gunmen, as “inevitable”. He said France has hurt Muslims and “disrupted world peace”.
“It is obligatory on all Muslims to raise voice against the Charlei Hebdo and protest…the Prophet (PBUH) is dearer to us than our parents, families and children and wealth,” Khan said.
Urging the people to stage protests against the blasphemous cartoons, Geelani said, “The largest print and electronic media houses of the world are under the influence of Zionist forces and they are prejudiced towards the Muslims.”
Hurriyat (G) chairman, who is currently in New Delhi, accused Charles Hebdo of “dishonoring the Prophet of Islam”.
“It is unacceptable for every Muslim of the world and to raise voice against this act is a matter of faith,” said Geelani.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman has already extended support to the call for complete shutdown by Mutahida Ulema-e-Ahlisunnat Waljamat.
Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has also supported the strike call and termed the publication of the cartoons as a “provocation to foment trouble and to create a situation ripe for prosecution of Muslims”.
“These acts are immoral and in-violation to the basic rights guaranteed under the UN Charter,” Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, spokesman of the Bar Association said in a statement.