Hurriyat Conference announces break in agitation on eve of Eid

Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, spearheading the 80-day-long agitation in Kashmir Valley on Thursday announced a three-day break in protests on the eve of forthcoming festival of Eid-ul-Fitr next week.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 20:58 PM IST

Srinagar: Hardline faction of Hurriyat
Conference, spearheading the 80-day-long agitation in Kashmir
Valley on Thursday announced a three-day break in protests on the
eve of forthcoming festival of Eid-ul-Fitr next week.

"There will be no strike on September 9, 10 and 11 in
connection with Eid-ul-Fitr," Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah
Geelani said issuing a fresh 11-day protest calendar.
Eid-ul-Fitr is being observed on September 10 or 11,
depending on the citing of the moon which marks the beginning
of a new month in the lunar calendar.

However, Geelani asked people to observe the festival
with simplicity and stage demonstrations after Eid prayers.

He also announced a break in the strike on September 5 to
allow people to prepare for `shab-e-Qadr` (the night of
power).

As per the earlier calender, there will be no strike
tomorrow, which marks `Jumat-ul-Vida`, last Friday of the
ongoing holy fasting month of Ramazan.
The Hurriyat conference has called for a complete shutdown
in the Valley that has adversely affected the economy of the
state.

The 80-day period of shutdowns and curfews has dented the
economy of Jammu and Kashmir by a whopping Rs 21,000-crore.

The Valley has been rocked by violence following the
death of a teenager on June 11 after he was allegedly hit by a
tear smoke shell near Rajouri Kadal area of the old city.
Street protests broke out in the Valley which has claimed 65
lives so far.

PTI