Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik have called for a shutdown on Friday to protest against reprinting of sketches of Prophet Muhammad in France after the Charlie Hebdo attack.
"The reprinting of the sketches of Prophet Muhammad in France is Jewish journalistic hooliganism," said hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued from New Delhi.
He had called for a complete shutdown and protest demonstration against this act on January 23. "Any act of dishonour against the Prophet of Islam is unacceptable for every Muslim of the world and to raise voice against this act is the matter of faith for every Muslim," said 84-year-old Geelani, presently undergoing treatment in New Delhi.
He accused the West of plotting against Muslims and Islam. "First priority of every civilised society is protection of life, property and dignity of a human being. Under a well-designed policy, the West in the name of so-called freedom of expression is freely insulting and abusing the faith and the religion of the Muslims," he said.
"On the one hand, the Muslims are insulted and abused and on the other hand when the Muslims react to these acts, they get a chance to label them as extremists and terrorists," he added.
Geelani asked the traders, transporters, employees and the people from every walk of life to make the shutdown call a success.
Separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik has also issued a separate shutdown call to protest against "the insult of Islam".