Hurriyat And Hizbul Mujahideen Call For Strike On Republic Day
23 January 2007
Associated Press of Pakistan
New Delhi: Hurriyat Conference and Hizbul Mujahideen have called for a general strike on Republic Day to show the international community that the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir are steadfast in their struggle for achieving the right to self-determination. 'People on both sides of Line of Control should observe a complete shutdown on January 26 to impress upon the world community that unless India fulfills the promises made to people of Kashmir, they will continue their struggle,' the Hurriyat said in a statement. The statement, which was issued after a meeting chaired by acting chairman Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari, also called for maintaining sectarian harmony between Shiites and Sunnis during the ongoing month of Muharram in order to foil the nefarious designs of vested interests. Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, while calling for a strike said unless the Kashmir issue is resolved the ground situation in the state would not change. 'We invite the attention of the intelligentia of India to the question that is it justified to celebrate the Republic Day of a country which has usurped the democratic rights of Kashmiri people for the past 60 years?' a spokesman said. Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen in a statement to a local news agency in Indian Occupied Kashmir has also called for a complete shutdown on Republic Day on January 26.