The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has appealed to the freedom loving people of Kashmir to observe complete shutdown on Saturday, to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent liberation leaders Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal.
The APHC leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that protest rallies would be organised on that day against the genocide of the Kashmiris by the Indian forces in the territory.
The leadership urged the people to defy restrictions and commemorate the Martyrs’ Week by organising programmes, rallies and congregational Fateha prayers at the mass level for popular martyred leaders.
Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on 21st May in 1990.
On the same day, seventy mourners were killed when Indian troops opened indiscriminate fire on his funeral procession in Hawal area of Srinagar.
Ten years later on May 21 in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was martyred by unknown attackers, when he was returning from addressing a gathering at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, a sit-in protest was held outside the office of Election Commission in Jammu against the gerrymandering of IIOJK assembly constituencies by the Delimitation Commission, set up by the Modi regime.
The protest was organized by almost all regional political parties except for Bharatiya Janata Party under the banner of All Parties United Morcha.
Speakers on the occasion demanded rollback of the recommendations put forth by the Commission, restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s status to its pre-August 2019 position, strengthening of communal harmony and restoration of democratic process in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.