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Hurriyat calls for shutdown in Valley on Friday

india Updated: Jan 30, 2014 18:17 IST
HT Correspondent
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Jammu and Kashmir

The moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, under the chairmanship of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has called for a complete shutdown in the Valley on Friday to protest teh Army's decision to close the Pathribal encounter case.

In a statement released here on Thursday, the group has appealed to people to "make the call a success".

In the statement, the Mirwaiz said the shutdown was "not only against the closure of the case by the Army", but also against "black laws like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (ASFPA)".

On Thursday morning, the moderate leaders staged a protest against the closure of the Pathribal fake encounter case at the Press Enclave here.

The protest was led by Hurriyat (M) leaders Zafar Akbar Bhat and Javaid Ahmad Mir. The Hurriyat (M) demanded r-investigation of the case and justice for the victims.

The protesters were carrying banners and placards reading slogans "AFSPA - a licence to kill" and "independent inquiry only way to justice".

Addressing mediapersons, Bhatt said, "The AFSPA is for the welfare of people, but here in Kashmir, it is the opposite."

The group also asked clerics to raise the issue during the Friday prayers. "We call upon the imams to raise this issue in the mosques tomorrow" said Zafar.