Geelani calls for protest over various issues on Eid

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday appealed people of Kashmir valley to peacefully protest on the day of Eid over various pending issues including execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru early this year and recent killings and arrests of youth.

He said that would offer congregational Eid prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, if allowed.

Geelani also called for protests against alleged desecration of Holy Quran in Ramban that triggered massive demonstrations and resulted in killing of atleast four people in the area.

In his appeal, Geelani stressed upon the people to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in a dignified and simple way. “Keeping in view the present grave situation when with each passing day we shoulder the coffins of our near and dears, we should not ignore the fact that our youngsters are offering precious sacrifices for freedom within ambit of Islam,” he said.

Commenting over uproar in Parliament and “rhetoric” created by national media over the killing of 5 forces personnel on border, he said that although it is understandable that a country lost its five young soldiers, a criminal silence is observed when innocent civilians are killed in Jammu and Kashmir, and even not a single person comes to express his sympathy.