Geelani gives strike call in Jammu and Kashmir on June 25
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 15:05
  
Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday called for a general strike on June 25 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in Jammu and Kashmir to press for the "right to self- determination" for the people of the state.

"I appeal to the people of the state to observe a complete general strike on the day the Prime Minister arrives here," he told reporters at his residence here.

He said the strike will be observed to remind Government of India and the world that Kashmir is a dispute pending a resolution.

"Besides, we also want to press for our demand for return of mortal remains of (Parliament attack convict) Mohammad Afzal Guru and (JKLF founder) Mohammad Maqbool Bhat to their legal heirs for burial according to Islamic rites," he said.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the state on June 25 to inaugurate the Qazigund-Banihal link of the Kashmir rail project.

On reports of threat to Amarnath yatra, Geelani said the government's claim of threat to the yatra was a "political stunt" aimed at maligning the "freedom struggle" of Kashmiris.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 15:04


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