Kashmir shuts against Rajouri flag burning

SRINAGAR: Normal life was affected in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir following a shutdown called by the Valley traders to protest the burning of an Islamic State (IS) flag, bearing religious verses, in Rajouri recently.

Kashmir shuts against Rajouri flag burning

Shops at Residency Road in Srinagar remain closed during a shutdown on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Amin War

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Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 25

Normal life was affected in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir following a shutdown called by the Valley traders to protest the burning of an Islamic State (IS) flag, bearing religious verses, in Rajouri recently.

Shops, business establishments, banks and other commercial ventures in Srinagar remained closed today. Educational institutions in the city also remained closed. Most of the government offices, however, remained open.

Traffic on most of the roads in Srinagar plied normally.

All major towns of the Valley, including Anantnag, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara and Pampore, also observed a shutdown and shops and other business establishments remained closed.

Claiming that the strike was a success, chairman of the Kashmir Economic Alliance Mohammed Yasin Khan said: “We are protesting the desecration of religious verses written on the flag, burnt by miscreants in Rajouri on July 18. We will not tolerate any insult to our religious beliefs.”

The bandh call was first issued by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Federation Chamber of Industries, Kashmir, and the Kashmir Economic Alliance. It was later supported by the Traders and Manufacturers Federation and other groups.

The JKLF and the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, had also supported the shutdown call for today.

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