Press Trust of India

From The Hindu: “Hurriyat Calls off Strike on the day of Diwali”

“In a goodwill gesture ahead of Deepavali, hardline Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday amended its protest calendar by calling off the strike on Friday when the festival of lights falls.

“There will be no strike on November 5 in view of the Hindu festival of Deepavali,” Hurriyat Spokesman Ayaz Akbar told PTI.

He said the decision to amend the protest calendar and exempt coming Friday from the purview of the strike was taken by mr. Geelani following an appeal by members of the Sikh community.

On Saturday, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina urged Hurriyat to call off the strike on November 5 to enable celebrations of the festival.

“Islam teaches us to honour the religious feelings of other communities. It was in this context that the Hurriyat decided to call off the strike to allow Hindus and Sikhs to observe the festival with religious fervour,” the Hurriyat spokesman said.

As per the earlier protest calendar, Mr. Geelani led Hurriyat, which is spearheading the ongoing agitation in the Valley, has called for a five-day strike beginning November 5 during the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to India.”

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