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A separatist-sponsored shutdown call evoked partial response on Sunday in the Kashmir Valley. Both moderate and hardline separatist groups had called for a protest shutdown on Sunday against the landing of Indian Army troops in Kashmir this day in 1947. Most shops remained closed, however private traffic plied normally on the roads. The famous Sunday Market was also operational with people busy shopping. Srinagar's uptown too witnessed normal activity. However, pockets of the old city wore a deserted look. Life was also affected in north and south Kashmir districts. Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi lashed out at separatist leadership. "Earlier, people used to observe October 27 as black day without waiting for call from separatist leaders but what we witnessed today offended our sentiments," said Andrabi told a local news agency here. She came down heavily on separatists without naming ahyone. "There are leaders everywhere. These leaders fail to respect the emotions and sentiments of the common people who laid sacrifices. I blame people as well because it is they who follow these leaders blindly," she said. "We need a spiritual leader who could show us the right path and who could persuade us to follow the tenants of Islam," she added. The firebrand separatist leader also claimed that "there was chaos and confusion in the Hurriat leadership." "These Hurriyat leaders should ponder over the fact why confidence among people has shaken and why people don't observe civil curfew on their calls. It is a confused leadership and there is a dire need of a leader who could bring freedom lovers under one platform," she said.