Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a shutdown in the state on February 9 and 11, which are observed as death anniversaries or Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.
The leadership has urged people to march towards UN office on February 10 and organize special prayers on these days as a tribute to Bhat and Guru, who were executed by the Indian state in 1984 and 2013 respectively.
While reiterating his demand for the return of the mortal remains of both Bhat and Guru, who were buried in the Tihar Jail premises, the leaderships said, “Although it is purely a human issue, India is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of morality and constitution and in this way its claim of the largest democracy in the world is getting badly uncovered (sic).”
Hailing both Bhat and Guru as “heroes”, they said, “We are proud of them.”
“Bhat has a special status in the freedom struggle of Kashmir and if he can be termed as the first solider of the struggle then Guru later became a new milestone of the freedom struggle by setting a new trend,” the leaders—Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar and Yasin Malik—said in a statement.