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Geelani-led Hurriyat imposes shutdown call on Kashmir Valley

ANI  Srinagar, August 17, 2013
First Published: 11:52 IST(17/8/2013) | Last Updated: 11:54 IST(17/8/2013)

A complete shutdown is being observed across the Kashmir Valley against the communal flare-up that took place in Kishtwar district on August 9.

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All shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was largely off the roads.

The shutdown call was given by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Srinagar wore a deserted look. Attendance in government offices and banks was thin, officials said.

Schools, however, remained shut on account of Eid holiday while colleges were closed on account of summer vacation.

Public transport was off the roads but private cars and auto rickshaws plied.

The communal clashes in Kishtwar had left two persons dead and 20 injured

Meanwhile, the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain tense with another ceasefire violation by Pakistan. 

Last night, Pakistani troops fired on forward Indian posts along the LoC in Mendhar and Hamirpur areas of Poonch district, drawing retaliation from India, a television channel reported.

The firing went on for a couple of hours with no casualties reported so far. A senior army official said Pakistani troops are not just targetting Indian posts, but also the villages along the Line of Control.

This is the 12th ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in a week, and 18th in 10 days, media reports.


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