Bhat, Guru anniversary: JRL calls for shutdown, protests on Feb 9, 11

Bhat, Guru anniversary: JRL calls for shutdown, protests on Feb 9, 11
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SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for complete shutdown on February 9 and 11 across valley to mark the anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat respectively. It also issued programmes on both days.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said, “On the martyrdom day of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru on Friday (February 9), a complete protest strike will be observed across the valley and peaceful protests will be held to press on the demand of returning mortal remains of the martyrs. A memorandum will also be read and passed by people in every Masjid on the occasion.”
Recalling the sacrifice of JKLF founding leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt, the JRL said that a complete shutdown will be observed on Sunday (February 11).
“Besides this protest shutdown, Kashmiris will march to United Nations Observers Office at Sonwar Srinagar and present a memorandum to UN secretary general demanding the return of mortal remains of Shaheed Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru,” they said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik added, “The struggle and sacrifices rendered by great leader of Kashmiri freedom struggle martyr Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and son of Kashmir Shaheed Muhammad Afazl Guru is a glorious chapter of our resistance history. Indian not only sent these Kashmiris at gallows but also kept their mortal remains under its custody till now.”
“The struggle, passion for freedom and sacrifices of these great Kashmiris will always remain a beacon light for Kashmiri nation,” the JRL said.
“The struggle and martyrdom of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat is a glorious chapter of (our) history. His struggle and sacrifices will always guide us through the tough journey of freedom struggle. Maqbool Butt strived for freedom of Kashmir and kissed gallows for the sacred cause,” the leadership said.
Remembering the sacrifices of Muhammad Afzal Guru, JRL said, “Martyr Afzal kissed gallows and refused to surrender before tyranny. The way Indian state hanged these Kashmiris illegally on the pretext of satisfying the collective conscience of (the nation) is a glaring example of Indian oppression and tyrannical attitude. Kashmiris will never forget these sacrifices and will keep demanding the mortal remains of their loved ones.”