‘Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with austerity’


Srinagar, The joint separatist leadership on Thursday appealed to people to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with austerity and simplicity and stage protests after Eid prayers against proposed tinkering with and repealing of state subject laws and Article 370, implementation of Goods and Services Tax regime and Uniform Civil Code and “character assassination campaign” launched by the National Investigation Agency.

In a statement, the joint leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik extended Eid greetings to the entire Muslim Ummah in general and people of J&K in particular.

While appealing to the people of the state to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with simplicity and austerity, the leaders asked the affluent families to take care of the needy, orphans, widows and families of martyrs on this auspicious occasion.

Extending Eid greetings to prisoners, the leaders prayed for their well-being and saluted them for their “steadfastness, persistence and commitment.”

Asking the people to support and second the resolutions being presented by the leadership during Eid prayers, they said: “Let all of us pledge to pursue our cherished goal with dedication and sincerity.”

“The intended tampering with the state subject law is a ploy to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir and in this way the issue is directly linked to our right of self-determination,” the leaders said.

They said the NIA has detained Huriyat leadership including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar and Faheem Ahmad “in fabricated cases and even basic facilities are not being provided to them.”

“The senior JKLF leader Noor Muhammad Kalwal was also summoned by the NIA and implicated in fictitious cases while as Dr Nayeem Geelani and Dr Naseem Geelani were released and asked to attend its Delhi office on next date after Eid,” the leaders said, adding that the NIA is being “used as a tool to harass pro-freedom leadership and destroy the state economy and as such businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali too was arrested and being interrogated in New Delhi.”

Slamming the authorities for their “haughty approach towards prisoners” particularly Dukhtaran-e-Milat chairperson Aasiya Andrabi, the leaders said: “Despite court orders, the ailing leader Asiya is not being released. It is sheer lawlessness that despite court orders, she was rearrested, ignoring all ethics and morals.”