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Separatists call for shutdown over Zubin Mehta concert

Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday called for a general strike on 7 September  to protest against internationally renowned orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta’s concert here.

‘I appeal to the people of Kashmir Valley and Chenab, Poonch and Rajouri belts in Jammu region to observe a complete shutdown on Saturday, September 7,’ Geelani said here.  Geelani asked college and university students in the Valley to stage peaceful protests after Friday prayers to oppose the concert. He also called upon Imams (priests) to make the people aware about the ‘implications of such a show’.

The German embassy is holding a cultural programme in the famous Shalimar Gardens on 7 September, which will also feature performance by Mehta.  Geelani alleged that the concert is aimed at ‘turning the focus away’ from Kashmir issue.

‘The sole aim behind this music programme is to take away the focus from Kashmir issue,’ he said.

‘What sense does this music show make? Does it mean that everything is normal here? People are being killed and by the way of this concert, you (organisers) want us to forget our sufferings, forget those killings and bloodshed,’ he said.

He said the concert is of ‘no significance’ to Kashmiris and that he ‘strongly opposes it’.

The separatist leader appealed to the people to observe ‘civil curfew’ on 7 September and asked traders and transporters to observe complete shutdown.
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