This is for the first time in past 25 years, that the separatist leaders have called off the General Srike on Martyr’s day i.e July 13.
The legacy of the day dates back to 1931. On July 13, 1931, 21 protestors were gunned down by Army men outside Srinagar Central Jail. Though the day marks a holiday every year, seperatist call for a strike on this day ever year since 1990, to commemorate their sacrifices.
This year, a joint committee which comprised of Hurriyat Conference Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat (m) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and pro-independence JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik took a cumulative decision to rest the Strike this year in view of Fasting month of Ramzan. “The decision has been taken jointly by the leadership in view of Ramzan.”, confirmed Ayaz Akbar and Shahidul Islam, the spokespersons of hardline and moderate Hurriyat. The decision was taken during Iftar Party that took place at Geelani’s Residence in Hyderpora where various sepeartist leaders came united to feast after a long day’s fast.
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